MacFest 2011

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It was a beautiful day for an outdoor Festival. We go to the McPherson Scottish Festival every year to enjoy the music, sights and food. The weather was perfect for the festival this year. It was cool in the morning and then got up to 82 by late afternoon. Much more temperate than our 100 degree days this past summer.

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Old Cars There is always a gathering of British car enthusiasts at the fair.

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Does Mark need a toy car?

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Highland Cattle These are just babies!

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Pipe Band Each band marches in while playing.

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Pipe Bands This year the fair was dedicated to the pipes and drums.

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Pipe Band

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Massed Pipe Bands Each year once they have all marched in to the area by the bandstand they play Amazing Grace and Scotland the Brave all together. Love the kilts and the music is a treat. The grass wasnít as green this year but those tall trees still provided welcome shade.

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Falconry Each year we enjoy a visit with the people who raise birds of prey. This peregrine falcon was such a beauty.

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Highland Dance This year we made time to watch the dance competition during a break in the music. Wow they make it look easy!

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Music We really enjoyed Ellis Islandís music. Dave Marsh played so many different instruments some at the same time. Poor Dave had second degree burns on his right hand from the night before but played on anyway. We learned that the banjo was originally an African instrument. Mick Doyle has a killer Irish accent. They are based in Omaha, Nebraska.

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More Dancing This was an impromptu dance while Ellis Island played. Fun.

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More Music Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner were quite a duo. She is a U.S. Scottish fiddle champion and he is amazing on the hammered dulcimer and the fiddle. Here he tapped out the beat while Elke played. We had never seen that done before.

 

This year we tried a scotch egg, fried mars bar, and homemade root beer ice cream! Had to pick up some freshly baked short bread as well. Mark wanted to do the scotch tasting at the Opera house but we didnít have time. Had to pick up Frodo before 5pm.

 

Love,

Mark and Wink