The 19th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival was an enormous triumph.
Thousands came to Lakeside Downtown Kincardine for a weekend of kilts, bagpipes, and fun.
Organizer Tony Doherty says Finger 11 rocked Victoria Park on Saturday night. He says the band fed off the energy of the audience, and everyone reported having a great time.
Doherty says all of the dancing, pipe bands, and heavy games competitions went well and were well attended.
He says his grandkids were part of the clean-up crew and he was astonished at how much the audience cared about keeping the park clean. He says attendees helped make it possible to recycle almost every applicable piece of refuse.
Doherty says Saturday's Pipe Band parade was the biggest ever, with 22 bands participating. He says Scottish Festival organizers are always striving to do better, and says planning is already underway for next year's event.
Doherty says that the 20th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival will be bigger and better than ever before. We're told that the CF Snowbirds may make an appearance. No word yet on who will headline the Saturday night concert. Doherty hinted that he would love to book Blue Rodeo, but says nothing is set in stone. He is asking for feedback from the community and says he will take all serious suggestions into consideration.
He says visitors to the festival will be graced by a visit from Andrew Douglas Alexander Thomas Bruce, 11th Earl of Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine.
Doherty would like to thank all of the sponsors that made the event possible, and says he can't wait until next year!
@kinscotfest has kicked off in #Kincardine! Some highlights:— Lisa Thompson (@LisaThompsonMPP) July 7, 2018
Mayor Anne Eadie declared everyone in town #Scottish !@BenLobbMP was out with his son. He likes bagpipes!
Met up with both the Parade Marshall & the Chieftan!
There is excellent entertainment/events all weekend! pic.twitter.com/eofA5kZ4hU