Cache residents invited to join in Scottish celebration

Among the 50 states Utah has the third highest concentration of Americans of Scottish decent and an upcoming Cache Valley event is designed to call attention to that fact. Organizers hope this first Cache Celtic Festival and Highland Games will become a regular feature of northern Utah’s late-summer calendar. It is coming to Cache Valley’s American West Heritage Center August 29. Bob Gallimore, board member of the Utah Scottish Association, said the day (from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) will be devoted to activities drawn from Scottish, Welsh and Irish traditions. “We know there is a strong Welsh community in Cache Valley and up in Malad, Idaho,” said Gallimore. “We’re also working with the Hibernian Society (Irish) and trying to get the word out in the Scottish community in northern Utah and southern Idaho.” Gallimore said there will be much for guests to see and do during the day including Scottish Highland dancing, Irish Step dancing, Highland athletics and ethnic foods. A variety of athletic contests such as the hammer throw, stone put and caber toss. “There are nine athletic events all told and we have a competition for women, too,” he said. Among those providing musical entertainment will be Idaho’s Henry’s Fork Pipe Band and Leaping Lulu performing Celtic music, plus a performance on the Celtic harp. “There will be five presentations about the ethnic history of this part of the world,” said Gallimore, “including Gary Findlay’s talk on the early Scottish settlers in the Bear Lake area.” About 20 food and merchandise vendors together with Scottish and Irish clans will attend the festival. Gallimore said everyone is invited to attend the one-day event. “Remember, Celts were the indigenous people of Europe,” said Gallimore, “just as Native Americans were on this continent.” Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children. Those younger than four are free.

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