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Ohio Scottish Games 2014

Ohio Scottish Games 2014
Wellington, Ohio
June 28, 2014

The Ohio Scottish Games are held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington on the 4th Saturday every June.

Scots are just a wee bit better


Established in 1977, this long standing event is presented by the members of the Scottish American Cultural Society of Ohio, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their proud Scottish heritage and ancestry.

King James Bible - Scottish heritage

Ian Stewart told of the 130 years of the Scottish Games. He made an announcement about Prince William being presented with the Royal Chieftain's blue bonnet, and with it the title of Royal Chieftain of the Crieff Highland Games. This happened when the royal couple, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, visited Scotland in May. The Ohio Scottish Games are twinned with the Crieff Highland Games.

The Ohio Scottish Games highlight the traditional dance, music and athletics of the ancient Highland Games. This event is for the enjoyment of all Scots and friends as well as to introduce the Scottish Arts and traditions to the community.

Competitions include Highland Dance, Pipes and Drums, Caber Toss, and Fiddle.

One of the highlights of the day is The Massed Bands where all 14 Pipe Band perform together. In this first video, pipers and drummers from all the bands marched together into the Ohio Scottish Games in Wellington Ohio.



The combined group of bands then played Scotland the Brave, Flowers of the Forest and more before marching out.













Grade II Trophy - for Top Band with Howard Dulmage

Howard Dulmage with Grade II Trophy for Top Band


In these next 2 videos, three young ladies perform in the Highland Dance competition accompanied by a piper.

Young girl in Scottish Highland Dance competition




Young girl in Scottish Highland Dance competition

Young girl in Scottish Highland Dance competition



Young girl in Scottish Highland Dance competition

A 22' 175 lb. caber was used for the Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio. Here the contestants were introduced and the first toss was made.

Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio


Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio


Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio





Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio


Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio


Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio



Elke Baker was a Fiddle Judge at the Ohio Scottish Games. Later in the day she held a Scottish fiddle workshop for fiddlers. She explained that a fiddle is the same as violin - it's all in how you play it. When asked how a Scottish fiddle is different from other styles she played part of Highlander's Farewell first the Scottish version then old-time American version to demonstrate.



Elke Baker

Elke Baker


She then answeread a question about using vibrato. She played a tune and said that vibrato is an ornament and used occasionally but not all the time in Scottish style fiddling.



There was plenty of food and drink available. How about an order of Haggis and Chips?

Haggis and Chips sign

Scottish and Scotch drinks



There was a lot of Scottish and Celtic entertainment such as Poor Angus, a Celtic Folk Band from Hamilton, Ontario. This video is a great version of Whiskey in the Jar. The sun was brutal so the video gets dark and light.

Poor Angus,  Celtic Folk Band from Hamilton, Ontario

Poor Angus

Poor Angus,  Celtic Folk Band from Hamilton, Ontario



Poor Angus,  Celtic Folk Band from Hamilton, Ontario

Poor Angus,  Celtic Folk Band from Hamilton, Ontario


An entire building was devoted to many of the different clans and tartans, allowing people to find out about their name and their roots.

Clan Bruce at Ohio Scottish Games

Clan Bruce at Ohio Scottish Games


Clan Buchanan

Clan Buchanan


Clan Hamilton at Ohio Scottish Games

Clan Hamilton


Clan Kennedy at Ohio Scottish Games

Clan Kennedy


Clan MacTavish at Ohio Scottish Games

Clan MacTavish


Clan Montgomery at Ohio Scottish Games

Clan Montgomery


Clan Stewart at Ohio Scottish Games

Clan Stewart


Kathy Gant of Clan Claus

Kathy Gant of Clan Claus


Alex Murray and Kona Gant

Alex Murray and Kona Gant


Clan swords


We hope to see you at the 2015 Ohio Scottish Games next June!


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