By Cheri Fisher, Photos by Cheri Fisher
April 14th and 15th the Las Vegas Celtic Society held their 14th annual Highland Games at Floyd Lamb Park. It is a great festival featuring Celtic food, music, dancing and athletics. Vendors had everything from Kilts to butterfly wings, there was also a booth where you could look up your sir name and find its origin. A beer garden and whiskey tasting areas along with traditional Scottish Foods to funnel cakes.
As you absorb the Celtic atmosphere you could hear the bag pipes practicing for their competition along with the settle cries from an occasional peacock, while the bands were performing on the main stage.
The athletic competitions were outstanding with everything from pole tossing to stone throwing.
While I was there I got a chance to talk with the gentlemen from the Scottish American Military Society Post 711 and Retired Army Ed Gilmore about the post and upcoming events. S.A.M.S Post 711 is a newer organization, in Boulder City. S.A.M.S. originally started during the Highland Games in North Carolina, when a number of veterans got together from different clans and discussed mutual interest and swapping war stories. S.A.M.S. post 711 does a lot with the ROTC programs to help the youth grow with the respect and honors that they deserve. Mr. Gilmore told me that they have members from every branch of the service except Coast Guard and is always looking for new members.