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The Ohio Scottish Games offers cultural fun for all

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Kilts, bagpipes, the Highland Fling and athletic competitions that test strength and endurance are just some of the sights and sounds that can be found at the 37th annual Ohio Scottish Games being held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio from Thursday, June 26 through Saturday, June 28. And the best news for Cleveland Scottish enthusiasts, the Games are only 41 miles from Cleveland, approximately a 49 minute drive.

Ohio Scottish Games This family-friendly, educational cultural event is presented by the Scottish Cultural Society of Ohio to promote and preserve Scottish ancestry and heritage by highlighting traditional music, dance and athletics of the ancient Highland Games.

Competitions abound at the Ohio Scottish Games and visitors will be able to see contestants compete in piping and drumming, Highland dance, harp and fiddle and Gaelic Mod (a competition involving song and the Gaelic language).

The Ohio Scottish Games also features continuous performing arts entertainment spotlighting Scottish singers, dancers and musicians. Featured entertainers include Poor Angus, Step in Time, Charlie Zahm with Ted Marks and The Rogues.

Strength and power will be tested in the athletic competitions that include throwing of quarry hammers, box weights, stones and logs (cabers). There will also be athletic competitions for children that include the stone toss, caber toss, a running race, a sheaf toss (bag of straw) and a tug-o-war.

Animal lovers can delight in the Border Collie demonstrations (herding sheep and ducks) and the Clydesdale Horses demonstrations. The best news -- You get to pet the Clydesdale horses! There will also be a variety of Highland cattle and falcons to see.

Other activities at the Ohio Scottish Games include the 23rd annual Scot's Golf Outing (on Thursday), a display of British cars and motorcycles and clan tents (with over 20 clans represented).

A Torch Light Parade of the Clans on Friday evening should not be missed.

Of course, there will be plenty of Scottish food and spirits available for purchase. There will be a barbecue dinner on Friday, June 27 in Building 19 on the Fairgrounds. Cost is $17 per person and must be purchased in advance.

There will also be a Ceilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering) with lots of music on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Building 17. Cost of the Ceilidh and highland concert is $10 per person. Cost of the dinner, concert and Ceilidh is $25 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Hours on Saturday for the Ohio Scottish Games are 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Prices at the gate are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and $8 for juniors (12-17). Children 11 and under are free. On-site parking is free.

For more information about the Ohio Scottish Games call 440-942-6362 or get online at www.ohioscottishgames.com.

The Lorain County Fairgrounds is located at 23000 Fairgrounds Rd. in Wellington, Ohio. It is approximately a 49 minute drive from Cleveland.