A wee bit o' Scotland will be brought to Payson Aug. 26-27 as the city celebrates the fifth annual Payson Scottish Festival and Highland Games.
On Friday, the Payson Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a horse-pulling contest in conjunction with the festival. The Clydesdale workhorse, a Scottish breed, will be featured with other breeds including Belgians, Shires and Percherons. They will be competing for the title of strongest horse team.A Scotch Foursome Tournament will be held at the new Payson Golf Course, noted for its scenic view and challenging course, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 465-2549.
On Saturday, a Scottish breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Payson City Park, 250 S. Main. At 10 a.m. Sen. Eldon A. Money, D-Spanish Fork, honorary chieftain, will lead a procession of dignitaries, royalty, veterans from around the world and pipe bands from throughout the state down Main Street to the city park.
Steven Barsuhn, pastor of the Bible Church and Kiwanis president, will serve as master of ceremonies. This year the festival will honor war veterans from around the world. A member of the World War II Black Watch from Scotland will attend. Veterans are invited to attend (in uniform if they wish) and to march in the procession.
Pipe bands from throughout the state will compete in piping contests, and drum major Monte Morgan will judge the drum major competition.
More than 70 dancers will compete in dances such as the lilt, sword dance and fling. The Chamber of Commerce will present the "Sword of Payson" to the most promising dancer of the day.
Athletes will vie for the title of Athlete of the Day and a trophy presented by the Kiwanis Club. Competitions will be held in putting the stone, caber toss, sheaf for height and farmer's walk. A $2 entry fee will be charged. Women will also participate in several games, including the rolling pin throw, haggis toss and a modified caber toss.
Throughout the day, pipe band performances, children's activities, clan gatherings, sales by local merchants, food concession booths and drawings for a quilt, afghan and doll will be held.
The Scottish Festival is self-sustaining and raises funds through youth dances and drawings. Donations are welcome.