For Immediate Release: August 1, 2014, Dixon, California- Philip Venable, Publicity
The Scots will be invading the Dixon Fairgrounds on Sept 27, 2014. The Dixon Scottish Games and Gathering run from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for General Admission, $8 for children 9-17, and seniors 62 and older. Children under 9 and active military, with ID, are free. The Games feature a slice of Scottish life for guests to learn about, and sample. Vendors selling Scottish foods, drink, and goods, will be on hand. Athletes will compete in traditional Scottish sporting events, including Shinty and Rugby. Dancers, pipers, and pipe bands will play and perform to traditional Scottish tunes. And the clans will be present to help you find your inner Scot.
After the Games we have a traditional Celtic party, known as a Ceilidh. Admission to the Ceilidh is free, and a BBQ dinner is $12. The Ceilidh features song, poetry, music, and dance, performed by some of the featured artists, dance groups, and audience members.
Among our musical performers will be The Black Eyed Dempseys, who blend traditional Celtic playing skills with rock 'n' roll hooks; Avalon Rising, an Oakland based band who combines rock, Celtic, and Medieval melodies to create a unique sound; and Flask, a Mendocino based band playing more traditional songs. Pipe Bands include the City of Sacramento Pipe Band, the Prince Charles Pipe Band, Stuart Highlanders, Ripon Police and Fire Pipe Band, and the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade Pipe Band.
Lauren Boyd McLachlan, President of the House of Boyd, President of the Scottish Information Society, Past President of the Marin County Genealogical Society, Co– Administrator of the Scottish DNA Project and Genealogist Emeritus for Clan Stewart Society in America, will give an interactive lecture about Scottish Genealogy.
The Dixon Games and Gathering have been held since 2001 at the Dixon Fairgrounds. The original Games date back to around 1100 AD when King Malcolm of Scotland devised a competition to find the most fit of his soldiers to deliver messages across Scotland.
The Dixon Fairgrounds are located on Hwy 113 (First St), about a half mile south of A St, in Dixon, Ca. The Games are hosted by the Dixon Scottish Cultural Association, a non-profit (501c3) organization, dedicated to the education, and celebration, of Scottish culture. The DSCA is open to anyone who wants to join. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Dixon Vet's Hall, 1301 N. First St, Dixon. Meetings run from 7-9 pm. Membership dues are $25 for a Family membership.
For more information: http://www.scotsindixon.org
Volunteers needed for DCSA Highland Games - September 27th
March 27th, 2014 2:34pm Andee Thorpe, Volunteer Coordinator
Positions to fill include:
Children’s Glen. This is a non-cash-handling position. Volunteers at the Children’s Glen will work with children on the arranged activities.
Facilities & Maintenance. Possible cash-handling position. Run errands and messages as needed.. Ensure cleanliness and stock of restrooms and trash bins.
Front Gate. This is a non-cash-handling position. Tickets will be collected from patrons once inside the gate. Ticket takers will also administer return hand stamps.
Program, Shirt & Céilidh Sales. This is a cash-handling position. Sell programs, event shirts and tickets to the céilidh dinner at a designated booth. May also be required to provide directions and information regarding the event.
Race Competition Coordination. This is a non-cash-handling position. The day’s activities will include a one-mile race for all ages and a shorter race for children. Work with lead coordinator to maintain safety and directional guidance during the races.
Roaming Program Sales & Surveys. This is a cash-handling position. Programs will be sold at a table inside the gate as well as on foot throughout the event. IN addition, this position will engage attendees in a short survey regarding their event experience.
Ticket Booth. This is a cash-handling position. Ticket sellers will be responsible for selling event tickets to patrons. .
Beer Tent/Pub/Céilidh Pour (must be 21+). This is a non-cash-handling position. Bartenders will collect drink tickets and dispense or pour requested drink. Additional mandatory training for this position is required.
Beer Tent/Pub/Céilidh Tickets & IDs (must be 21+). This is a cash-handling position. Patrons will buy tickets in order to purchase beverages at the pub and beer gardens. At these tables, IDs will be checked and 21+ bracelets will be distributed. Additional mandatory training for this position is required.
Bottled water, shade and chairs will be provided where available and needed. There is no uniform standard, but we ask that you dress respectfully and be prepared for warm weather. Sunscreen, hats and comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
We will have the athletic competitions themselves, a rugby match or two, food and craft vendors, highland dancing, bagpipe competitions, Scottish animals, and three bands ranging from Celtic classical to Irish punk. There is also a free céilidh (pronounced kaylee), to close out the evening, which will include a couple of the day's bands. A chicken and tri-tip dinner will be served for an additional fee. All volunteers are welcome to participate.