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Gustav Manlorne strikes a point during the demonstration event put on by the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mark Brett/Western News

Thousands flock to get a taste of Scotland

The fifth annual Penticton Scottish Festival a hit

The came by the thousands once again this year to enjoy some of the best of the old country at the fifth annual Penticton Scottish Festival at Kings Park Saturday.

Throughout the day people had an opportunity to see some of the best young highland dancers compete as well as the solo piping and drumming event, dog agility competition and demonstrations as well as the Celtic Kids Corner with events like the downsized and much lighter caber toss.

Also on hand to demonstrate their skills were members of the Society of Creative Anachronism.

“So we’re here today at the Penticton Scottish Festival to discover a little Scottish culture when you talk to people and say gee are you Scottish well maybe their grandfather was,” said organizer and president of the Penticton Scottish Festival Society Wayne McDougall during a break in the action. “And even if you’re not Scottish it’s a chance to taste some of the sights the sounds the experiences the athletics of Scotland.

Related: Scottish Festival expected to draw over 2,000 Saturday

“We’ve got the caber toss we’ve got mass bands, It’s really family focused. It’s a great event for people to get together and discover music, athletics.”

On the entertainment stage there was Celtic Ceilidh (party in the park) with headliners Knacker’s Yard of Victoria and Gord McLaren and the McClan.

 

Zach Kraeling has fun with the giant bubbles.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Zach Kraeling has fun with the giant bubbles. Mark Brett/Western News

Five-year-old Flynn Sterling lets fly with this kid-size caber in the Kids’ Zone at the Penticton Scottish Festival.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Five-year-old Flynn Sterling lets fly with this kid-size caber in the Kids’ Zone at the Penticton Scottish Festival. Mark Brett/Western News

The mass band march at the official opening of the Penticton Scottish Festival at Kings Park Saturday, featuring five bands.                                Mark Brett/Western News

The mass band march at the official opening of the Penticton Scottish Festival at Kings Park Saturday, featuring five bands. Mark Brett/Western News

Young dancers perform in the highland dance competition.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Young dancers perform in the highland dance competition. Mark Brett/Western News

Kelowna’s Trent Nesdoly lets fly with this attempt in the heavy competition at the Penticton Scottish Festival highland games.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Kelowna’s Trent Nesdoly lets fly with this attempt in the heavy competition at the Penticton Scottish Festival highland games. Mark Brett/Western News

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