FEST: Capital District Scottish Games Invade Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend

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Bagpipe bands
The massed pipe band at the Capital District Scottish Games, 2013

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

The bagpipes are coming! The bagpipes are coming…

The annual Capital District Scottish Games will once again take over the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont on Saturday and Sunday (September 1 & 2), and naturally there will be plenty of competition going on – everything from the traditional caber toss to the Northeastern United States Pipe Band Championship to the Highland Dance Competition.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t be a Scottish festival without music – lots of music, including a reunion of Donnybrook Fair. The grounds will be jam-packed with a wide assortment of musical variety all day long on Saturday and Sunday. There’s solo piping and drumming, as well as the massed pipe band extravaganza featuring more than 500 pipers.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday; 9am on Sunday. Saturday tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the gate, while Sunday tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

The weekend-long celebration of all things Scottish will also feature musical performances by:

Donnybrook Fair
Saturday: 1pm & 7pm

Colin Grant-Adams
Saturday: 10:30am & 2:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm

The Brigadoons
Saturday: 11am & 3:30pm
Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Seven Nations
Saturday: 2:15pm & 7pm
Sunday: 2:30pm

Michael DeAngelis
Saturday: 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray
Saturday: 1:30pm & 4:45pm
SundayY: 11:30am, 1:30pm & 4:30pm

GO HERE for the complete schedule of events at the 2018 Scottish Games…

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