Scot­tish Fes­ti­val set July 8-9

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This year marks the 32nd of­fi­cial Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val and High­land Games. Join us on July 8 and 9 at Payson’s Me­mo­rial Park for the best fam­ily fun around. The event be­gins on the evening of Fri­day, July 8, with en­ter­tain­ment in the park fea­tur­ing guest mu­si­cians on the stage and sto­ry­telling un­der the dance tent. Ad­mis­sion is free.

The main event be­gins on the morn­ing of Satur­day, July 9, with dance, ath­let­ics, and pipes and bands com­pe­ti­tions through­out the day. There will be high-qual­ity Scot­tish- and Celtic-themed mer­chant vendors for shop­pers and clan booths to of­fer his­tor­i­cal and genealogical ex­per­tise. The food vendors will keep the crowds fed and hy­drated with en­tic­ing vict­uals.

Join us at noon on Main Street for the pre­sen­ta­tion of the par­tic­i­pat­ing clans and bands as well as the in­duc­tion of a new chief­tain dur­ing open­ing cer­e­monies. The two-day event con­cludes on Satur­day evening at 5 p.m. on the Pip­ing Field, with clos­ing cer­e­monies at the end of the com­pe­ti­tions. Awards will be pre­sented, Flow­ers of the For­est names read and re­mem­bered and the new chief­tain will close the games un­til July 2017. Ev­ery­one leaves tired and sat­is­fied from a fun-filled day cel­e­brat­ing all things Scot­tish.

For more in­for­ma­tion, find us at www. payson­scot­tish­fes­ti­val.org.

Ac­cord­ing to oral tra­di­tion, some ver­sion of the Celtic/Gaelic High­land Games pre­dates Chris­tian­ity. These gath­er­ings were ba­si­cally war games held with the in­tent to se­lect the best war­riors in each fam­ily tribe or clan.

The first games in Scot­land were or­ga­nized in the 11th cen­tury and specif­i­cally des­ig­nated as a sport­ing event. Dur­ing the reign of King Mal­com III, a royal con­test was held to find the swiftest and strong­est in the king­dom to carry the king’s mes­sages across the land.

Games were held through­out Scot­land un­til the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den in 1746. Af­ter Prince Charles Ed­ward Stuart lost a key bat­tle to Bri­tish forces at Cul­lo­den in 1746, the Loy­al­ist govern­ment clas­si­fied vir­tu­ally any ob­ject of Scot­tish pride or sym­bol of Scot­tish culture an “in­stru­ment of war,” ban­ning swords and bag­pipes as well as tar­tan fab­rics and kilts un­der the penalty of de­por­ta­tion or death. That ef­fec­tively squelched a good part of the High­land culture and lit­er­ally de­stroyed the old clan struc­ture.

Af­ter the re­peal of the Act of Pro­scrip­tion in the lat­ter part of the 18th cen­tury, High­land So­ci­eties be­gan form­ing, and in 1781 the first so­ci­ety gath­er­ing was held at Falkirk. The suc­cess of this event led to the Gath­er­ing of the Clans and the High­land Games as we know them to­day. By the end of the 1820s, games were once again be­ing held through­out Scot­land. In the United States, the first High­land Games were or­ga­nized by the High­land So­ci­ety of New York in the mid 1800s.

J. Lynn Jones is re­tir­ing from Nebo School Dis­trict af­ter a to­tal of 37 years as a teacher, prin­ci­pal and dis­trict-level ad­min­is­tra­tor.

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