Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Plaid a-plenty Saturday

Scottish Tartan festival celebrates 11th year

The 11th Annual Scottish Tartan festival, an event to celebrate Scottish culture and heritage, will be held Saturday.

During the festival, Scottish history will be celebrated through exhibits, Scottish cattle herding, demonstration of the Highland games, a Gaelic language seminar, Irish Stepdancing and bagpipe music.

Other events to see include the Border Collie herding of Highland cattle and the Grand March of the Clans. There will also be events to participate in such as a children's storytelling time, a hayride, dog show competition, the bonniest knees competition and audience-participation Irish dancing.

The core of entertainment for the Tartan Festival for several years, Smithfield Fair will return again this year.

This band blends original, Celtic-based songs with aspects of bluegrass, Appalachian and other forms of American music.

Frank Walsh, a fiddle player from Ringgold, who has also performed at the festival for several years, will perform his rousing renditions of traditional American folk music.

Joining the festival for the first time is the progressive Celtic rock band, Murder the Stout. This Houston-based group is a fusion of accordion, guitar and drums.

The Jackson Irish Dancers (JID) will be among the dancing groups to perform during Saturday's events.

Organized in 1998, JID is a diverse group of individuals that love to dance. They love the up-on-your-toes Riverdance style solo dancing, the low-to-the-ground casual battering style dancing, the old style, and the formal elegance of competition-style dancing.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Scotland Farms of Louisiana located at Hwy. 579 and LA 518.

Admission is $5 adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for five years and under.

The festival will conclude with the Kirking of the Tartan ceremony beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Minden Presbyterian Church.

For a complete schedule of events and times visit www.scottishsocietyla.typepad.com.






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