17th Annual Highlander Festival

Whose ready to put on their kilts and play their bagpipes? Well if you are the 17th Annual Highlander Festival on October 13, 2012 at Radford University is the place for you. Come enjoy games, music, entertainment and parades to celebrate Scots-Irish heritage, as well as the cultures of Radford University and Radford City.

According to Radford University Website, The festival began in September 1994 with an approximate crowd of 3,000. Over the past 16 years, the festival has more than tripled in size, and now attracts an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. You will be among the thousands anticipated to descend upon Radford Univeristy’s Moffett Field for a day-long celebration of the region’s rich heritage. Come early and get a good seat on the risers to enjoy the Scots-Irish heavyweight games. Moffett Field will be alive with clan gatherings, more than 50 diverse crafts, sheep herding demonstrations, children’s activities, and music grounded in the rich heritage of both the Scots-Irish and the Appalachian region.

Schedule of Events:

  • Breakfast Served in Downtown Radford Restaurants
  • 9 a.m.  Heavyweight Games  Moffett Field
  • 10:30 a.m. Parade Third Avenue to Main Street to Tyler Avenue to Fairfax Street
  • 11 a.m. Clan March Moffett Field
  • 11:10 a.m. Massed Band Performance Moffett Field Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums, Warpipe and Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
  • 11:30 a.m. RU Student Tug of War Exhibition Moffett Field
  • Noon Heavyweight Games Resume
  • 8 p.m.“Brave” Movie Screening Hurlburt Auditorium, Radford University
  • Main Stage Schedule:
    • Noon-1:10 p.m. Branching Out Bluegrass Band
    • 1:20-1:40 p.m. Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums
    • 1:50-2:10 p.m. Rince na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance
    • 2:20-2:40 p.m. Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
    • 2:50-3:50 p.m. The Fighting Jamesons
    • 4-4:20 p.m. Warpipe
    • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fighting Jamesons
    • 5:30 p.m.  Awards

The most exciting part of this festival in my opinion is the Heavyweight Games, such as the Stones: which is considered like modern day shot put, Scottish Hammers, Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss and Weight for Distance. For more information about these games, go to Radford University website, or just Google them.

In addition to the Heavyweight games, children can engage in these types of games, such as kid’s caber toss, weight for distance and many more. Crafts, food vendors, and family clans are their to help find something to eat, and buy, while also helping people find out about their heritage.

I went to these events with my Social Media Marketing group members in hopes to get excellent video footage and pictures to use in our over the semester project with FreshAir. These videos and images will be used to demonstrate how this product is used and allow users to experience the festival without even being there, through the use of new technologies of augmented realities.

Questions for my viewers: Have you ever went to the Highlander Festival? What was your favorite part? and What did you choose to go?

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2 thoughts on “17th Annual Highlander Festival

  1. I love the heavyweight games, the funnel cakes, and sheep-herding. This is an attractive and interesting blog. I will be back!

    • Dr. Schirr thanks for the comment! I have to say that I did not get a funnel cake this year, which makes me sad, and because I had other homework to do, I did not get to watch the sheep-herding either. But I have seen it before in previous years, and it is pretty amazing to watch.

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