Highland Games marches into Edinboro with lots of talent to follow

Grace Lehrian
News Editor/Spectator

Edinboro students found themselves waking up to the sound of bagpipes Saturday morning, when the Highland Games was scheduled to begin. Edinboro University was a buzz with all different kinds of talents. Throughout the day there were fiddle, dance, piping, drumming and harping competitions. You could even find some of the local and campus artist across campus painting different perspectives of a prospective area.  

The area behind McComb Fieldhouse was populated with different vendors and artistic talent.  Most of the vendors displayed Scottish inspired merchandise that many attenders seemed to flock towards. The arts tent sold the paintings that were painted that day, and even hand-knitted accessories. Across from the arts tent was a display of very unique talents. From swallowing fire to driving a nail into one’s own face, the unique couple knew how to draw a crowd.

Just beyond the vendors, in the large amount of land between the building and the lake, traditional Scottish games took place throughout the day. The rain didn’t seem to stop the clans from putting their best effort into the strength competitions.  

At noon, the opening ceremony took place in the field. All of the clans were called out onto the field carrying the banners that represent their specific clan. The Edinboro marching band,the color guard and dance team marched onto the field and were later joined by the official pipe band. They then sang the National Anthem for both the United States and Scotland. Dr. Tim Thompson and President Wollman both gave a short speech before the Highland Games were officially started. 

The opening games are something that many look forward to every year, including some of Edinboro’s faculty.  

“It’s just a fun event and it’s a great way for the University to celebrate its heritage,” said Scott Miller, the Dean of the School of Business.  

Miller was right when he said that it was a way to celebrate the heritage of the school.  Many people even encouraged others to learn traits that can be found in Scotland.

The Frank G. Pogue Student Center was one of the many places that those with an interest in learning a few traits could go. There was a place for those who were interested in harping to try it out for themselves.  The women running this section instructed newcomers on how to properly strum and showed off different techniques to playing correctly.  One woman even volunteered to play for a little bit for those who were not able to make it to the original showcase.

There were many competitions that took place throughout the day as well.  Many spectators gathered inside of the student center’s movie theater to watch as each fiddler made their way up onto the stage and presented the judges with their best work.  The fiddlers played two songs each performance.  One song showed the softer side of the fiddle, the other, a more festive number.  One of the judges even requested that all of the fiddlers stop “being so good” because it was making their job harder.

Students didn’t have to go very far to find talent at the Highland Games. Each station brought a new set of skills to display, and onlookers seemed to enjoy the day.