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Michael Thompson

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2016 Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival
« on: August 17, 2016, 06:00:19 PM »

Clan Thompson Colorado are looking forward to our big event of the year, the games in Estes Park. This is the 40th anniversary of these games, and it looks to be as brilliant as usual. Hard to top our AGM last year, but thanks to Parker Thomson, we'll have a double size tent this year, and he's bringing his mother!

We start off our Colorado festival season in April with Colorado Tartan Day, then move to Colorado Springs for the Pikes Peak Festival in June, Elizabeth Colorado in July, and the Colorado Scottish Festival in August. But our biggest event of the year is the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park. It's where Clan Thompson Colorado got our start, with a visit from Tom and Mary Thompson in 2008 to help "re-establish" Thom(p)son as a clan in our own right.

Estes kicks off with a Tattoo, a military tradition closing the day. But this one is augmented beyond mere bugle calls and lights out. It's an experience you won't want to miss. The festival also features Scottish athletics, Jousting, Highland Dance, Irish Dance, Strongman Compeition, Solo and Pipe Band Competitions, and Folk Music as a  portion of the festivities. This features thrilling demonstrations of light and heavy armor jousting. Also of note is the caber-throwing competition as a part of the Scottish Athletic competition. There are some great bands lined up for performances this year, including: Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Albannach, Highland Way, Tannahill Weavers, Rogues, and Enter the Haggis.

This is a festival with something for everyone. We hope to see you there.
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