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National Celtic Performers Scheduled for Central Kansas' Only Scottish Festival
Scottish clansfolk from across Kansas and far beyond will gather at McPherson's Lakeside Park dressed in their colorful tartans to hear and see a variety of Scottish and Celtic music and dance at the sixth McPherson (KS) Scottish Festival and Highland Games September 25 and 26, 1999. Baritone folk singer Alex Beaton, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker are featured, along with Mike Dugger and Celtic band Sunrush. The Wichita Scottish Country Dancers and an Irish dance group from Newton will also perform. In an American continent rich in Scottish/Irish culture, at a time when more and more people are interested in those Celtic roots, these performers bring out the best in the Scottish and Irish musical traditions for a following ever eager to know more of a world their ancestors left behind. Old-world pageantry with marching bagpipers from the City of McPherson Pipe Band and athletic and Highland dance competition round out the festival%92s activities, along with many children's events. With over 100 million Americans descended from the peoples of the British Isles, this festival creates a gathering for those who are interested in connecting with their roots, as well an opportunity for people of other ethnicity simply looking for an intriguing weekend of fun. For the sports-minded, strong men in kilts test their strength with the telephone pole-like caber. Wee lassies in tartan and velvet dance the Highland Fling to the music of the bagpipes. Border collies use their uncanny ability to herd stubborn sheep on the shepherd's command. Quaintly-attired merchants peddle wares ranging from imported woolen blankets to home baked Scottish shortbread. Representatives of Scottish clans explain their colorful displays and genealogy volunteers help visitors look for their Scottish family connections. Children try their hands at pint-sized versions of the adult Highland athletics or create Scottish scenes with construction paper and Popsicle sticks at the craft tent. Unique ethnic and American culinary delights are available.
Admission: Saturday $10 for adults; Sunday $6 for adults; reduced rates for children.
Call the Convention & Visitors Bureau for a festival flyer: 1-800-324- 8022.

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