Time to dig out your kilt

Hawthorne is Scottish Festival Clan Parade Grand Marshall

By Barb McKay

Duncan Hawthorne has been appointed Grand Marshall of the Clan Parade for the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Hawthorne will lead the parade down Queen Street on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Kincardine’s new slogan was adopted just in time for what is arguably its most popular annual event. The festival will run July 1 to 3 and this year will coincide with Canada Day activities. The event continues to grow bigger and better each year, and this year visitors can expect a bigger line-up of entertainment and a slew of activities and competitions throughout the weekend.

The Scottish Festival kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. with a Canada Day concert in Victoria Park featuring The Ballaghs, The Thogs, Arvel Bird and Pleats. Opening ceremonies will take place on the main stage in Victoria Park and will be followed by an evening concert with a fantastic line-up, including the Kincardine Community Singers, Albannach, Madison Violet, Ashley MacIsaac, Arvel Bird, The Mudmen and Bessie and the Zinc Buckets.

Saturday’s events kick off early with the solo piping competition beginning at 8 a.m. in Victoria Park. The piobaireachd competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Kincardine United Church. Highland dancing competitions will run throughout the day in Victoria Park, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as will Clan Avenue (starting at 9 a.m.). Children’s activities with local artist Andrea Zimmer will also be held in Victoria Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pulled pork on a bun can be purchased at Knox Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The heavy events will take place Saturday in Robinson Park, beginning at 9 a.m. and the pipe band competition will begin at noon in Victoria Park. The awards ceremony will be held in the park beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The pub tent will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and a pre-evening concert will kick off the evening’s festivities at 7:30 p.m. with performances by Albannach and The Thogs.One of the highlights of the weekend – the massed band parade down Queen Street – will begin at 8 p.m.

Sloan will headline the Saturday night concert with Arvel Bird, Bessie and the Zinc Buckets and The Mudmen.

Sunday is Family Day in Victoria Park with displays and piping and drumming demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m. There will be music on the main stage in the park from noon until 6 p.m. and children’s activities with Andrea Zimmer from 1-4 p.m., as well as a variety of Scottish workshops.

Closing ceremonies will be held in Victoria Park at 6 p.m. For more information about the Scottish Festival, visit www.kincardinescottishfestival.ca.