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Dannika Harris writes, Estes Park in Colorado hosted the 32nd Annual Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival on September 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Estes Park in Colorado hosted the 32nd Annual Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival on September 4th, 5th, and 6th. It kicked off with a bang. The Campbell Clan shot off cannons. Some of the cannons had bowling balls in them and they where trying to hit a yellow floating Lock Ness Monster in the lake. They never hit it. You could hear and see people playing the bag pipes and everywhere you looked you saw kilts of every color and from every clan. As we where walking around ,I saw a ten foot man on stilts walking towards me, he said” Don’t look up my kilt”. We all laughed. My brother and I went over to see the Highland Games. We watched them do the heavy hammer throw. Those men could throw the hammers very very far. Also, they did the sheef toss. That is where a person takes a pitchfork, stabs the hay and throws it over a pole about 12 plus feet high. On the other side of the park, there was a dog competition. The dogs were from the British Isles and there are about 60 diferent types of breeds. The great thing about the dog show was they let us touch and pet the dogs. Next , we got to go to the Jousting Championship. It was great to see all the people dressed up and yelling for there favorite jouster. They did competitions, like how many rings you could get on the jousting stick and how many times you can get the dummy weight to spin around. We walked down the Clan row and we met so many nice people that shared there history with us. A lot of the clans had samples of the foods from their country. There were so many Clans we lost count after about 70 of them. I know there was more. On our way to see the Irish and Highland Dancing, we stopped at some shops. There was everything a Scottish or Irish person could want . They had clothes, jewelry, swords, fabric, and a kilt store. Also, they had a Code of Arms store that traced your family heritage back to see if you had any Irish or Scottish blood. We started to get hungry, but for what? They had meat pies, fish and chips, Highland beef, B.B.Q, and HAGGIS. (yuck) My favorite part was the fly over with the two vintage airplains. They flew over the lake and the beautiful mountain tops and let a colored smoke trail behind them. It was a great weekend, the weather could of been a little nicer, but the people where great. What a beautiful place to have the the Highland Festival. If you would like more info on it, go to www.scotfest.com and for Celtic fashion, go to www.kilts-n-stuff.com. I would like to thank Estes Park for hosting a wonderful event.

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  1. Sounds like a lot of fun!
    Sounds like a lot of fun! Estes is great for fun little festivals – my favorite was the duck racing contest they held a couple months ago.

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