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FESTIVALS

I think its more a southern thing than with any other part of the country but festivals are one of the ways
we celebrate things. I do know that every year east Tennessee and western North Carolina have an
abundance of various festivals celebrating different themes. Some celebrate the seasons, others the
crop harvests, some celebrate their heritage, and many celebrate the history of a place or the people
who live there or perhaps even their music. Tennessee even hosts an annual story-telling festival in its oldest city.

The picture at the top of this page is of but one of the many, many festivals that occur each year throughout the area. That is the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival which has been occurring in the mountains of Tennessee for the past 29 years (May of 2010),

The Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and games hosts its annual Games in May. The weekend's festivities begin with a parade down the parkway in Gatlinburg. All Scots are invited to participate in the parade, which is followed by a Gala Reception.

On Saturday and Sunday the Scottish Games feature professional and amateur athletes competing in many different events including tossing the Scottish haggis, turning the caber, Highland wrestling and
the manhood stones.

Cutthroat Shamrock, Colin Grant-Adams, Albannach and Thistledown Tinkers are among the entertainment (May 2010) that play at this popular two-day festival. There will also be an assortment of Pipe and Drum Bands competing in individual and band events, competition of dozens of Highland dancers from across the country and border collie demonstrations. More than 30 Scottish Clans will be
on hand to assist visitors in finding their heritage. Twenty vendors will offer wares ranging from
Scottish clothing to a sample of Scottish foods.

If you've never been to a festival I highly recommend it. There is almost always food, music and
dancing at any of the festivals. Some of my favorites are the bluegrass festivals and fiddlers
conventions. Regardless of which ones you pick to attend they are a lot of fun.

Do to the many festivals we ask that you check our Special Events Calendar for dates, times and places. As with all events we advice that you check with the event host prior to traveling to attend any event as all are subject to rescheduling or cancellation.





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