ALTAMONT: Highlights of the Highlands

Highland dancing is also prominent at the event. The dances, which date back over 1,000 years, were originally performed by men only. The oldest highland dance is the "Highland Fling," a dance of victory after battle.

Today, dancers ranging in age from children to seniors are judged by standards set by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing, formed in 1949.

The weekend also features a variety of music competitions, including pipe band, solo drumming and solo piping. The musical competitions are sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

"The important thing is the ability of the families and everyone to get together and have a good time," Plourde said. "I haven't seen people not having a good time at this event."

Tickets are available at the gate for $18 on Saturday and $12 on Sunday. For information, visit the website at www.scotgames.com.""

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