On a smaller scale, the annual Scottish festival, Highland Games arrives in Quarryville September 12 | Life & Culture

Although its organizers say the event will be smaller than in previous years, the annual Covenanter Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held on Saturday, September 12.

The fair, which will be held on the grounds of the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville, will feature Scottish games, live music and other aspects of Scottish culture.

The Scottish Games will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other events will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

In this 2017 file photo, Colin Drummond (second from left) of the Washingtion Memorial Pipe Band performs in a parade at the Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival in Quarryville.

The festival is sponsored by the Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation.

For the first time, the Scottish Games will feature athletes from the Covenanter Homeland Games, with participants from 11 states.

The rest of the program will begin at 11:15 a.m., according to a press release, and will feature Celtic music by Charlie Zahm, Fire in the Glen and Kendrah Tozzo.

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In this 2018 file photo, Don Westbrook prepares to throw a log during the Highland Games Caber Toss at the Covenanter Scottish Festival in Quarryville.

There will also be a tribute to the poet Robert Burns, a presentation of Tam o ‘shanter, a haggis ceremony and a “kirkin o’ the tartans”.

Scottish and American dishes will be available.

The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Church is restored and maintained by the foundation. The Scottish Festival is one of the foundation’s annual fundraisers.

In order to limit the crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 200 tickets available for the event will be sold online at covenanterscottishfestival.com. No tickets will be available at the door.

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Tickets cost $ 13 for adults; children 12 and under enter for free.

Masks must be worn and social distancing must be respected. Those in attendance will be asked to sign a COVID-19 release form.

Seating will be provided, but those present can bring garden chairs.

In the event of cancellation, all ticket money will be refunded.

For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, visit: covenanterscottishfestival.com.

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