One of the crowd-favorite attractions at the Dundee Scottish Festival is the Highland Games, which pit athletes against each other in ancient games of strength. On July 14, youngsters between ages 8 and 12 will compete in their own Highland Games consisting of five events, including the caber toss, sheaf toss, and braemar. Qualified instructors will train the youngsters during the competition, so no experience is necessary. 

The competitor with the highest total points will receive a silver award at the coronation ceremony at 5 p.m.

Some youngsters had an opportunity to learn more about Scottish and Celtic history during the TRAILS (extended school day) program at Dundee Central School this spring. A portion of that 6-week experience included testing their own skills in some of the game events.

Registration for the competition is at 11:30 a.m. and the fun begins at noon. A parent or guardian must accompany the competitor.

The Festival

The ninth annual festival, held at the Dundee VFW at 125 Seneca St., opens at 10 a.m. and features a variety of Highland dancers, plenty of piping and drumming, Highland Games featuring both men and women competitors, clans, vendors, and festive music:

• The American Rogues, the official band of the National Navy Seal Museum, return to Dundee for performances at 10:15 a.m and 11:30 a.m.

• Penny Whiskey, festival favorites from Western New York, Penny Whiskey will perform at 3:30 and 4:15 p.m., then bring the festival to a rousing close with an encore performance after the 5 p.m. massed band and coronation.

Other performers include Step in Time, Mary Lester, The Harper and Minstrel, and Magical John, and dancing by various groups all day.

Special activities through the day will include dance lessons, demonstration of bagpipes, a drumming workshop, judging of the best-dressed Celtic contests, and blessing the clans at 3:30 p.m.