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  • McPherson Kansas Scottish Festival schedule

  • The Schedule of events for this weekend's McPherson, Kansas Scottish Festival.
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  • Friday
    Noon
    Scottish Festival Highland Games Thrower's Clinic at Lakeside Park. For information, call 620-222-1981.
    2 to 4 p.m.
    "Exploring Scotland: Archeology, History and Politics." Osher Institute presentation by Tom Schmiedeler at The Cedars Conference Center. $10. Register at 1-877-404-5823 or visit www.osher.ku.edu.
    7 p.m.
    Calling of the Scottish Clans. Dramatic procession and fire ceremony, and Disney animated movie, Brave, set in Scotland at Lakeside Park.
    Parking at Water Park, via Hartup Street and Simpson. Bring chairs or blankets and a flashlight. No cost.
    Saturday and Sunday all-day event
    Clan tents • Genealogy • British cars
    Clydesdales • Highland cows
    Celtic product vendors
    food court • birds of prey
    children's' games • crafts • train
    mini Highland Games
    All times, performers and entertainment are subject to change without notice.
    ATMs are near the pool and near the kids Highland Games venue.
    Saturday
    8 a.m
    First Shuttle departs high school lot
    Pipe and drum solo competition. . Pipe Tents
    9 a.m.
    Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga . . Glasgow Tent
    Pipe and drum solo competition. .Pipe Tents
    Highland athletic competition . . North field
    * World Highland Games Champion
    Francis Brebner of Peterhead, Scotland
    is athletics announcer
    10 a.m.
    RoJean Loucks, Celtic Harp . . Heather Tent
    Navan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glasgow Tent
    Pipe and drum solo competition. . Pipe Tents
    Highland athletic competition . . North field
    11 a.m.
    Clandestine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glasgow Tent
    Sheep dog demonstration…East of Band Shell
    Pipe and drum solo competition. . Pipe Tents
    Highland athletic competition . . North field
    Blackhearts sword fighting . . Providence Glen
    11:30 a.m.
    Highland dance registration. . Highland Tent
    Duo Celtic Harp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Tent
    Noon — Mid-Day Ceremony
    Massed pipe bands; parade of tartans,
    Mayor's welcome. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Band Shell
    Highland dance competition . . . Highland Tent
    12:30 p.m.
    Highland athletic competition . . North field
    1 p.m.
    Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga . .Glasgow Tent
    Sheep dog demonstration . . East of band shell
    Highland dance competition. .Highland Tent
    1:30 p.m.
    Highland dance competition. . Highland Tent
    Highland athletic competition . . North field
    Blackhearts sword fighting . . Providence Glen
    2 p.m.
    Prairie Wind Harp Ensemble . . Heather Tent
    Clandestine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glasgow Tent
    Pipe band competition . . . South of band shell
    2:30 p.m.
    Pipe band competition. . South of band shell
    Page 2 of 3 - Highland athletic competition . . North field
    Highland dance competition. . Highland Tent
    3 p.m.
    Navan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glasgow Tent
    Learn to play the Celtic harp. . . Heather Tent
    Sheep dog demonstration . . East of band shell
    3:30 p.m.
    Highland athletic competition . . North field
    Highland dance competition . . . Highland Tent
    Pipe band competition . . South of band shell
    Blackhearts sword fighting . .Providence Glen
    4:30 p.m. — Saturday Closing Ceremony
    Massed bands, awards
    ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Band shell
    5 p.m.
    Last shuttle departs east and west Lakeside junction, near Low Gate. You may walk back to the High School parking area via Kerschner Gate in Providence Glen.
    Saturday night
    A Scottish Evening at the new home
    of the McPherson Museum,
    1111 E. Kansas Ave.
    4 p.m.
    Scotch tasting. For tickets, call 620-241-8464.
    6 p.m.
    Buffet barbecue dinner — catered by Knackies
    Check information tent for tickets; no tickets at the door.
    Tickets for those 11 and older are $15.
    Tickets for children 10 and younger are $7.
    7:30 p.m.
    Concert by festival headliners. Clandestine,
    Navan, and Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga.
    (Tickets available at the door; open seating)
    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth 13 through 17. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with paid adult.
    Sunday
    9 a.m.
    First shuttle departs high school lot
    Gates open. Highland athletic competition begins.
    9:30 a.m.
    Worship Service and Kirking of the Tartan
    10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
    Continuous activities at the park.
    Music performances by festival headliners under the entertainment tent. Celtic harp  solo and ensemble performances, plus Learn to Play the Harp sessions. Highland athletics featuring local and national competitors in nine events including caber toss. Pipe band performances. Irish dance demonstration. Clogging demonstrations. Learn Scottish Country Dance sessions.
    For kids: Mini Highland games. Hands-on crafts. Miniature train. Passport game with prizes.
    Scottish and festival foods. Celtic product vendors. Border collies herding sheep. Highland cows. Clydesdales. Birds of prey.
    Renaissance sword fighting reenactments. British cars.
    Scottish clan tents. Genealogy information.
    12:30 p.m. — Mid-Day Ceremony
    Parade of dogs. Pipe band performance.
    4 p.m. — Closing Ceremony.
    Pipe band. Athletic awards. Door prize drawing.
    4 p.m.
    Last shuttle departs east and west Lakeside junction, near Low Gate.
    Parking and shuttle
    Free parking is at McPherson High School, 801 E. First St. at North High Drive.
    Free shuttle runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday  and  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Page 3 of 3 - Sunday between McPherson High School and festival (Gate C). A walking route is marked between High School and Lakeside Park area via Kerschner Gate in Providence Glen (see map).

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