Highland Games return to campus

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 5:43 PM
Highland Games return to campus by Beau Bruneau
Photo: Macala Leigey

Edinboro is known for its rich Scottish heritage. The Highland Games is the university’s most notable example of this. Starting today, festivities will mark the beginning of the 25th annual Edinboro University festival.

Professor Timothy Thompson, director of the highland games, expressed his delight in working on the games, although he is hoping to possibly pass the torch, “To some group or some person.” Thompson will be onsite during the festival, most likely in his kilt, matching nearly 500 others that will be joining him in this tradition.

This year, the Highland Games will be offering a few new events. “New students should expect to see some pretty spectacular events,” Thompson said.

The “High Tea on the Hill” event — where people can get an assortment of tea, coffee and cookies — will be the first new attraction that community members can attend. If visitors are of age, they have the opportunity to enjoy a Long Island iced tea, as well. This will start on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The following day, the games will be opening the new bonfire pit, where Fighting Scots and visitors alike will have the opportunity to symbolically set ablaze their intentions for this semester. This will begin at 8 p.m.

Students can take part in activities such as archery and archery tag, disc golf, tug of war and a painting competition. In addition to activities one can partake in, there will also be various competitions to watch throughout the weekend. These include, but are not limited to: a rugby match, bagpipe competitions, harp competitions, dance competitions and heavy athletic competitions.     

For those who are over 21, there will be whiskey tasting and a beer tent available.

On Saturday, the Ceilidh will take place, starting with a harp music cocktail hour at 6 p.m. During this event, there will be a haggis ceremony, dinner, music and dancing. Reservations are $40 per person.

“Scottish Village” vendors will be available for those who like to shop for souvenirs.

Bring out your kilt and bagpipes before the games conclude on Sunday, with the Chelsea House Orchestra at 10 a.m. at the Edinboro United Methodist Church.

Beau Bruneau can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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