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The Capital District Scottish Games literally has something for everyone. The following is a sampling of the many things that you may expect to encounter as you wander the grounds.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Children’s Corner [/heading]
There will be pony rides, a bounce house, petting zoo, and the Games2U Mobile Game Theatre (http://www.g2u.com) both Saturday and Sunday! And this year on Sunday come try out the GIANT HAMSTER BALL (http://www.g2u.com/product/GiantHamsterBall).
We also have “Children’s Events” that start at 1 pm each day. These events are open to children 3 and up and include a junior caber toss, a hool-a-hoop contest, a piper lead parade and much more! The kids love it!
All children’s events are FREE!
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Soldiers of Scotland [/heading]
Look for the military historians display located in the clans area dressed in a variety of uniforms . . . expect to learn just about everything from ancient warriors to the modern day soldier.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Irish Step Dancing [/heading]
Be sure and check the schedule on the day of the Games so you don’t miss the Irish Dancing demonstrations. Dancers from the Boland School of Irish Dance, who compete in local, regional and international competitions, will display their talents at various times (http://www.bolandschool.com). On Sunday we welcome the Kelly School of Irish Dance.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] The Living History of Swords [/heading]
Award-winning author and historic lecturer Scott Ian Barry, is proud to announce the advent of a unique lecture series: Rob Roy and the Living History of Swords. Through his dramatic approach to educating the public, Barry appears like a vision out of the ages, authentically dressed as the 18th century patriot, Rob Roy MacGregor, who was considered the greatest swordsman in all Scotland.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Tartans [/heading]
See the many colorful tartans representing the various clans of Scotland. For each, a representative will be available to discuss its history in the Clans area.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Raptors of NY Wildlife Rescue Center [/heading]
A new attraction this year are the educational birds of prey from the NY Wildlife Rescue Center. Falconry has a long history in Celtic traditions. This will be a great opportunity to get up close with some amazing hawks, owls and falcons. This is sure to be a crowd favorite!
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Scottish Dog Show [/heading]
We happily welcome TV Channel 10 Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo to his 17th year as Master of Ceremonies of the 30th annual dog show. We all love Steve and appreciate all he does to raise funds for Pet Connection.
Our program begins with an exhibition of the 14 breeds of dogs that originated in Scotland: Cairn, Skye, Border, Scottish, West Highland White and Dandie Dinmont terriers, Rough Collie, Smooth Collie, Gordon Setter, Golden Retriever and Scottish Deerhound.
Following that will be a demonstration in agility by Trisha Stahl of Agile Dogs Agility Training. Dog agility is a fast growing sport, run on what looks like an oversized playground for dogs. It combines jumps inspired by horse shows, and right out of the schoolyard there is even a teeter-totter!
There will be competitions open to any of the Scottish breeds – parent/canine look alike, and musical sit and stay to pipe music, dog trick, etc. Come and join the fun! Prizes for all. No one is a loser at the dog show.
Pet Spas of America will donate treats to all participating dogs.
Our show ends as usual with a parade led by a piper. All of our lads and lassies are invited to participate — Scottish or not.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Harp Circle [/heading]
Come enjoy the beautiful harp demonstration at the three shows on Saturday.
[heading size=”4″ style=”stripes”] Vendors of all Things Celtic [/heading]
Your day at the Games will not be complete without wandering through the vendors area. You’ll find everything here from food to clothing, jewelry, giftware, memorabilia, music and musical instruments.
Veterans and Active Military: You will save 50% on your Gate Admissions on both Saturday and Sunday. Just show your ID Card at the Gate. These discounts are available only at the gate on the day of admission and only to the veteran or active service member.
Tickets at the Gates:
Saturday: $22 at the gate. | Sunday: $12 at the gate.
Children 12 years of age and younger are free at the gates. | Free Parking