(FILM AT ELEVEN!)
On May 3rd and 4th, 2002 the first ever Tri-Cities Scottish Highland Games were held at the Trade, Recreation and Agricultural Center (TRAC) in Pasco, Washington. The event kicked off Friday evening with a Celidh featuring Irish and Scottish dancing, musical performances, and audience participation folk dancing. The local NBC affiliate was there, and film of the events appeared on the eleven o’clock news that night. By some twist of fate, the only clan tent they featured was the Turnbull Clan tent hosted by my brother Kim and myself, hence the title of this article.
|Bill and Kim Trimble setting up clan tent||Clan Badge standard carved by Kim Trimble|
|Skweeze the Weezle Band at the Celidh||Scottish folk dancing|
|Clan tents and vendors viewed from the “nosebleed” seats||Highland dance competition|
|Bill and Kim Trimble with special friend Terri Szendre|
Saturday’s events included piping and dance competitions, as well as the usual tossing and throwing seen in Highland games field events. Fifteen clans participated, plus a number of local and out-of-state vendors. Overall, it was been considered a success for a first attempt.
The next Tri-City Scottish Highland Games are being planned for the spring of 2003.