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Welcome to the 2014 Bellingham Highland Games! Céad Mile Fáilte “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes” to the 2014 Scottish Highland Games! I would like to thank those of you returning again this year and welcome those here for the first time to our wonderful event, it is what it is because of you! From spectators to competitors and all the vendors and performers in between YOU are what make this event so great! I invite you to walk the easy grounds and take in all the sights, sounds and smells as we take you into the history and culture of Scotland. Our members and volunteers will help make it all a very memorable experience. I would like to personally thank the City of Ferndale and Mayor Gary Jensen, the Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Deptartment and Director, Michael McFarlane, Park Ranger Dennis Connor and the Staff of Hovander Homestead Park and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louwes for all the support they have given this and every year. With sun on your face, feet all a-whirl, the heaving of stone and the sound of pipes in the air enjoy your time here and take the memories with you!
Program Contents MAP OF HOVANDER PARK 2014 CHIEFTAIN CLANS & GROUPS JUDGES & OFFICIALS JUNIOR ATHLETICS CLAN DONALD HISTORY BURNS DINNER CELTIC BANDS PIPE BANDS SIMON FRASER PIPE BAND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HEAVY ATHLETICS COMPETITION MEDIEVAL WEAPONRY MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2014 OFFICERS & VOLUNTEERS Annual Bellingham/Whatcom Highland Games 2014
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Jered Winchester, President The Bellingham Highland Games Association
Welcome to the 2014 Bellingham Highland Games T h a n k y o u f o r c e l e b r a t i n g w i t h u s a t b e a u t i f u l H o v a n d e r H o m e s t e a d P a r k Vietam Memorial Wall
Celtic Music Stage
Jr. Athletics & Kids Games Spinners & Weavers
Heavy Events Athletics
The Great Field
Vendors Harp Circle Story Tellers
Wine &Beer Garden Dancing
Food F o o d Food C o u r t Celtic Fiddles
Celtic Music Stage
Piping and Drum
A special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors for helping us to bring you the Bellingham Highland Games 2014!
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Highland Games 2014 Chieftain- Brian Aronson I am very honored to be chosen as the Chieftain of the 2014 Bellingham Scottish Highland Games. My wife Nancy and I started as spectators as most people who help with the Games and we liked what we saw and experienced. We also first saw Highland Dancing at the Bellingham Games and our daughter Sarah started Highland Dancing in 1993. We found it a fun family event to watch and also make friends. Soon we were well established in the Highland Dance circuit and we also started volunteering at Dance Competitions and Games all through
the Pacific Northwest. We also traveled to Canada and belonged to the BC Highland and Fraser Valley Dance Associations besides our own Seattle Highland Dance Association. We do call Bellingham our home though and have been helping with Highland Dancing many years now. Currently we also help with the Whidbey Island Highland Games and have helped with many others over the years including the Pacific Northwest, Skagit Valley, Tacoma, Athena and the Douglas County Games. It has been a lot of fun and rewarding over the years and we have made a lot of friends we still see at the Games. Have a great day at the Bellingham Games today and be sure to visit other Games in our area. Blessings, Brian Aronson and Family
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2014 Clans & Groups CLANS
The MacLachlan Society
NW Junior Pipe Band Scottish American Military Society Tartan Day MacGregor Scots Guard
Judges & Officials Dancing
HIGHLAND DANCE CHAIR Karen Shelton-Johnson, Jackie Ochs SCRUITNEERS Joan Drabyk, Bob Collins and Donna Cooper
Junior Athletics Junior Athletics grades 6-8 compete in some of the same events as the Adult Athletic program. The competition includes Weight for distance, Shot put, Hammer and the Caber Toss. Winners are scored for distance and accuracy to win medals. Junior Athletics Games begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the morning until the Opening Ceremonies at noon.
All youth MUST BE REGISTERED by a parent or guardian to compete.
Pipes, Drums & Bands
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Bret Lathrop COMMITTEE CHAIR Jay O’Neill HEAD JUDGE Jeff McNeal JUDGES Ken Shaw, Ken Beck,Yvonne Sadtler, Mike Adams
CHAIR P/M Peter Rolstad CHIEF STEWARD Lynn Bullis SCRUITNEER Moira Mack Stewards LEAD VOLUNTEER William Ueland VOLUNTEERS Alicia Forrester, Brian Spencer, Eric Chambers, Kim Chambers, Oban Chambers, Chandra Chambers
Kids Games The Kid’s Games are an excellent opportunity for children ages 5 through 5 th grade. Kids compete in some traditional Scottish Athletics as well as Gunny Sack races, Water Balloon toss and Tug-O-War against the leaders. The “now famous” Candy Scramble for all children ends the Kids Games for the day and pre-schooler’s are welcome to come and participate in this activity when ac companied by their parents.
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Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan The Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan is the blessing of the tartans. Historically clansfolk would gather together during a church service wearing their finest tartan colors and receive a blessing for the coming year. However, the Proscription Act of 1746 made it illegal for Scots to wear or display tartan. Legend has it that during this time Highlanders would secretly hold onto a piece of tartan during a blessing to symbolically continue with the tradition. In 1941 Reverend Peter Marshall revived the more open celebration in North America. At the time Rev. Marshall was the chaplain of the US Senate. He hoped the service would instill pride with Scottish Americans in their ancestral land. Rev. Marshall’s reinstated tradition grew. Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan services are now held all over North America. The Bellingham Highland Games Association is pleased to offer a Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan service. The traditional service is held on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM. All are welcome.
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