With heavy athletics, music and dancing, food and shopping, historical reenactors, animals and clan reunion booths, there’s a little of everything at the annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Topsham Fairgrounds. Whether the day’s events are a chance to reconnect with your family and their cultural heritage or an opportunity to try something new–caber tossing? or haggis?–the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine welcomes you. The festival is always the third Saturday of August (a warm time of year to be wearing woolens, but it’s all part of the tradition).
Highland Games athletes Katie Vaudrain, Angela Ostle, Jenna Fairbairn Summers, Melissa McElreath and Kat Hume Makuchowski.
Pipe and drum bands set the tone for the Games.
Kate Waters of Dresden with Historic Highlanders.
Mark FIsh holding Nora Fish, with Olivia Fish, Skip Humphrey, Leigh Ann Fish and Captain Ted Schmidt.
Scott and Kat Scroggins of Lisbon Falls.
The festival includes pipe band competitions. So there's a lot of pipes and drums.
But fiddlers, harp players and other musicians contribute as well.
Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band brought original music with a Scottish sound.
The backs of the shirts say: Sticks and stones may break our bones but we're gonna throw 'em anyway.
Seven-year-old Helio Benjamin Rosenblum-Martin, a summer resident of Windham, in the youth caber toss competition.
Janelle Dawson of New Hampshire and Karen Field of Portland.
Members of the Dunlap Highland Band of Maine.
Alan Blair of Nova Scotia and Ray Minchak of Topsham.
Theresa McNab trying to stay cool in the afternoon sun.
Pat Merrill of Eliot with wee Wesley and Solomon Wagner of South Berwick.
Jeffrey Baird of Brunswick with Madison and Traci MacDonald of West Bath.
Members of the Seventy-fourth Higlanders historical reenactment group.
Codi and Becca Ducoss and Meggie Kroenke of Andover and Lucy Schmidt of Boothbay.
Abby and Errin Wagner of South Berwick at one of the vendor tents.
Donald Brown of Howland.