Scottish Tartan Festival releases schedule of events

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The 15th annual Scottish Tartan Festival is Saturday with a fun-filled day planned for the whole family.

A schedule of events for Saturday’s Scottish Tartan Festival is as follows:

All Day Events

All day events include hayrides, the Loch Ness Children’s Fishing Tournament (from 8 until 10 a.m.), the opening ceremony will be at 10 a.m., featuring the Red River Pipes. At the same time, a dog show meet and greet will take place.

From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., demonstration Highland games.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., border collies will herd the Highland cattle.

At noon will be the March of the Clans/Red River Pipes and Drums.

At 1 p.m., the dog show will take place.

At 2:15 p.m., the Red River Pipes and Drums will perform.

Highland Stage

Musical performances will include Red River Pipes and Dreams at 10 a.m. for the opening ceremony; Jed Marum from 10:15 until 11 a.m.; Emerald Accent from 11:15 until noon; from noon until 12:30 p.m., March of the Clans/Kirking of the Tartans; from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m., Cleghorn; Smithfield Fair from 1:30 until 2:15 p.m.; Red River Pipes and Drums will perform again from 2:15 until 2:30; Jared Marum will take the stage again from 2:30 until 3:15 p.m.; Bonniest Knees Contest from 3:15 until 3:30 p.m., Cleghorn from 3:30 until 4:15 p.m. and Smithfield Fair from 4:30 until 5:15 p.m.

Thistle Stage

From 11 until 11:15 a.m., Red River Pipes and Drums; from 11:15 a.m. until noon, Port Belly Project; from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m., Jackson Irish Dancers; from 1:15 until 2 p.m., Emerald Accent, from 2 until 2:45 p.m., Port Belly Project; from 2:45 until 3:30 p.m., Jackson Irish Dancers and from 3:45 until 4:30 p.m., Billy Conly.

Workshops

Seanachaid Tent

Scottish Witches: from 11:30 until noon and from 2 until 2:45 p.m.

Outlander Roundtable: from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m. and from 2:45 until 3:30 p.m.

Wool Waulking: from 1:15 until 2 p.m. and from 3:30 until 4:15 p.m.

Baird Tent

Migration of Scots-Irish Music to America: from 11:30 until noon and from 1:15 until 2 p.m.

Gaelic Language: from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m. and from 3:15 until 4 p.m.

Bodhran/Drumming: from 2:30 until 3:15 p.m.

Food will include Highland Beef Coo (cattle) burgers with all the fixings. Proceeds from the burger plates will go to the missions team at First Baptist Church in Minden for the Nicaraguan mission trip. Food will also include Kona Ice (tropical shaved ice), Scotch eggs, sodas and water, festival foods such as corn dogs, nachos, etc., funnel cakes/cinnamon rolls, killer barbecue and Highland beef chili.

The Scottish Tartan Festival will be at Scotland Farms, located off U.S. 79 and Highway 518 in Minden. On Sunday, April 3, Jake and Rachel Chapman will sing a special presentation during the Kirking of the Tartans at 10:45 a.m. at Minden Presbyterian Church.

For more information, email scottishsociety@gmail.com or call 318-393-2693 or 318-716-9081.

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