Friday, August 5, 2016

Scottish Games return to Monterey Fairgrounds

Photo by Seth Metoyer
The annual Scottish Games returns to the Monterey Fairgrounds this weekend. The 49th annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival will kick off on Saturday, August 6 and continue through Sunday August 7.
I love attending this event, however it closes a bit early for my liking. I'm more of an evening person and the gates close at 6pm. However, if you're in the Monterey, CA  area and want to enjoy all things Scottish, you won't want to miss this.
There's wonderful music, dancing, food, drinks (aka beer for those of us who drink) and athletic contests with a Scottish theme. Some of the Games presented will be the hammer and stone throw, the sheaf toss, the caber toss, fun games for kids and sheepdog herding competitions.
This year, as in years past, there will be a historical re-enactment of Mary, Queen of Scots and members of her court. In addition there will be live tunes via singer and storyteller Seamus Kennedy, singer/songwriter Peter Daldry and Celtic composer and instrumentalist Steve McDonald, along with Irish dancing and Highland dancing. Food selections include British bangers, meat pies, fish & chips, haggis, shortbread and toffee.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. 
For more details, visit the official website

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