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Highland games returns to Enumclaw Expo Center

The 67th annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering will take over the Enumclaw Expo Center Saturday and Sunday.

These Highland Games, hosted by the Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association, are the sixth-oldest in the United States and are traditionally the largest in Washington state. Recent events have attracted close to 28,000 visitors.

Those who attend can watch muscular athletes who deftly toss the caber or put the stone, delight in the soothing sound of a Celtic harpist, thrill in the bourdon of the bagpipes and the cadence of the drums and behold the grace and elegance of the Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh dancers.

Annual highlights include Saturday’s welcoming ceremony, complete with the massing of the pipe and drum bands and the parade of the clans. Another favorite is the traditional ceilidh (pronounce it “kay-lee”), a Scottish party Saturday evening.

Visitors can stroll through the Avenue of the Clans, delve into Scottish heritage or wind through the Hall of Vendors and the Celtic Marketplace to see the workmanship of Scottish artisans. Others will wander through the Scottish farm with shaggy Scotch Highland cattle and Clydesdale horses, visit the Celtic kennel or perhaps lift a glass or two of Scottish-style ales.

This year’s list of performers includes returnees Colin Grant-Adams, Blackthorn, Brother and Golden Bough, along with internationally-known Carl Peterson. The musical acts provide everything from quiet strings to Celtic rock group 1916. The Seattle Knights return with their acts of choreographed combat.

Gates are open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults per day or a two-day pass is available for $22. Lower prices are available for senior citizens, children and active military. It’s cash only at the gate. There’s a $5 daily fee for parking.

For information call 206-522-2541 or visit www.sshga.org.

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