Celebrate the Scottish culture up close and personal at the Dixon Fair Grounds, Sept. 28 beginning at 9 a.m.; the National Weather Service promises abundant sunshine and 82 degrees for the day's festivities.
"Our Scottish Games will be better than ever with all the pageantry you have come to expect," promises the association, "Enjoy Scottish, Celtic, and Irish folk musicians and of course, bagpipe bands. Scottish gifts, foods, ales, and whiskies; Scottish athletic competitions; Scottish animal and living-history exhibits; Highland dancing; rugby tournament; shinty; clan information booths; children's activities; pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies; and a wee bit more fun for the entire family."Scottish Games Admission is $10 for ages 18 to 61, $8 - ages 9 to 17 & 62+, and free for kids, ages 8 and younger, as well as, active military with ID card.
The Dixon Scottish Games and Gathering will feature athletic events such as the caber toss, weight toss; highland dancing; pipe and drum bands; cattle dog demonstrations; a living history display; musical performances by bands Tempest, Arbroath, and the Black Eyed Dempseys; and vendors with products, crafts, food and beverages from the UK. Numerous clans will be represented to provide information about the history of Scotland and assist those interested in exploring their Scottish roots.
A Ceilidh (gaelic for party) will be held after the conclusion of the Games. The Ceilidh is free, and a BBQ dinner will cost $12. The Ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering in which the attendees join in song, poetry, music, and dancing.
The Games and Gathering are presented by the Dixon Scottish Cultural Association, founded in February 2000 to promote Scottish culture and heritage, and is open to all like minded folks regardless of ethnic or national origin. The DSCA hosted their first Highland Games on Sept 30, 2000.
The DSCA meets at the Dixon Veteran’s Hall, 1305 N. First St (Hwy 113), Dixon, Ca, on the third Wed of each month, at 7 pm.