COMPETITION: Last year, pipers from throughout the Ohio Valley region came to the Kentucky Scottish Festival to perform in front of judges during competition. The piping competition, along with other events, will be performed at the festival on Saturday. (Courier file photo by Sara Denhart)
COMPETITION: Last year, pipers from throughout the Ohio Valley region came to the Kentucky Scottish Festival to perform in front of judges during competition. The piping competition, along with other events, will be performed at the festival on Saturday. (Courier file photo by Sara Denhart)
The 28th annual Kentucky Scottish Weekend will be held May 8 at General Butler State Resort Park.

This year's events on Saturday include clan gatherings, the athletics competition, dancing, food and retail vendors, the British Car Show, piping and drumming competitions, the Highland Dance competition, music from Alex Beaton, Mother Grove and Seven Nations, massed bands performance, opening and closing ceremonies and Allan Miller's Border Collies. All the activities begin at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.

One of the featured musical guests at this year's Scottish Weekend is Seven Nations.

Seven nations, a Celtic band from New York City, has traveled around the world and has been touring full-time since 1994. The band uses a medley of roots, folk, dance and fushion-rock sounds to capture their audience and includes a five-man band with drums, a fiddle, bagpipes, guitars and vocals being used. The band has recorded a number of albums and had more than a quarter million albums sold.

Seven Nations has also been featured in more than 20 major publications including "Rolling Stone," "Billboard," "Maxim," "GQ," "Stuff" and "FHM" magazines.

The band has performed at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, at Scotland's Royal Mile on New Year's Eve and at the New York City Marathon.

Along with the national performer, the athletic games are another component of the Kentucky Scottish Weekend. The games are unique to Scotland as are the tartan and bagpipes. The seven traditional events have a long history with their origins hidden by the mists of time.

During the athletic competition, qualified amateur athletes will compete in the stone toss, weight throw, hammer throw, sheaf toss and caber toss.

The caber toss is more popularly known by the public as the event where the athletes throw a light pole in the air. Athletes will throw a traditional caber, which is from 16 to 20 feet in length, into the air with hopes of turning the caber on its other end, landing at a 90 degree angle. The better the angle, the higher the points the competitor will receive.

While the athletic games are one of the highlights of the Kentucky Scottish Weekend, the festival is also known for its piping, drumming and highland dancing competitions.

In the piping and drumming competitions, band and solo competitions will be held to give serious musicians the opportunity to measure themselves against others at their expertise level and to get evaluations, advice and suggestions from the judges who are among the best pipers and drummers in the world. The Kentucky Scottish Weekend competitions are sanctioned and regulated by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

Tickets in advance are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. A family pack special for two adults and three children is available for $25. Each additional child is $3.

Advance tickets can be ordered online through a downloadable form at www.kyscottishweekend.org. For more information, call Billie Andrews at (513) 574-2969 or General Butler State Resort Park at (866) 462-8853.

General admission tickets at the gate will also be available. Tickets for adults are $15, seniors are $14 and $3 for children ages 6 to 12.

A coupon for $1 off admission is available online at www.kyscottishweekend.org for those to download and redeem with ticket purchase.

No pets are allowed.