The Ohio Scottish Games are held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington on the 4th Saturday every June.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
An entire building was devoted to many of the different clans and tartans, allowing people to find out about their name and their roots.
We hope to see you at the 2015 Ohio Scottish Games next June!
Clan Bruce at Ohio Scottish Games
Kathy Gant of Clan Claus
Alex Murray and Kona Gant
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