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    The ninth annual Radford Highlanders Festival is a two-day celebration of the region’s Scots-Irish history. This year's event kicks off on Friday, October 8 with "A Celtic Celebration Downtown" hosted by Main Street Radford. For a listing of musical performers on Friday, October 8, click on the Activities/Schedule banner.

    Saturday, October 9, is festival day. Toronto's Enter the Haggis rocked the main stage with their eclectic and electric blend of Celtic music. This year we are pleased to be bringing them back to campus as our headline entertainment.

    Also appearing under the entertainment tent will be Beggars' Circus and RU ethnomusicologist and Celtic harpist Stevan Jackson. One of the most popular "happening" spots on festival day is the dance stage. Anne Sampson, an accomplished and widely-respected Highland dancer, directs the dance stage and brings with her several dance troupes that will set feet stomping and hands clapping. Beggars' Circus is the accompanying band for the dance stage. New to the festival this year are the The Sterling Swordplayers, a theatrical renaissance re-enactment group, and Peggy Hunt, RU's own stiltwalker. They will be out in the crowd and performing near the Children's Tent throughout the day. Other activities include a Scottish Clan march, a massed pipe and drum band performance, sheep dog herding demonstrations, petting zoo, Gaelic language workshop, and amateur heavyweight athletic competitions. More than 45 arts and craft vendors are on hand throughout the day selling everything from clothes and jewelry to toys and pottery. Since its beginning in 1996, the festival has quadrupled in attendance and last year over 11,000 people made the Radford Highlanders Festival part of their fall.

    To get a feeling of the festival spirit, view this promotional video from our 2003 festival.

Festival weekend gets an early start on Friday, October 8. Main Street Radford is hosting "A Celtic Celebration Downtown." The event is noon to 10 p.m. in downtown's Norwood Square. Activities will include children's activities, music, craft and food vendors and more. A Ceilidh, featuring the sounds of Dot Dot Dash, begins at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited to take part in this traditional Scottish form of celebration that includes music and dancing. A beverage garden will also be open during this time. This is an event that you won't want to miss. Admission is free.
Traditional amateur heavy athletics are held throughout the day on Moffett Field along with a full schedule of music, Scottish clan gatherings and more. Impromptu performances are the norm on festival day. You may happen upon a magician, bagpiper, or even a stilt-walker. The Scottish Foundation of the Virginia Highlands and a host of Scottish clans will be on site to answer questions about all things Scottish. Hammer Toss
Jeff Wampler, magician and balloon artist, is a crowd favorite every year for both the young and the young-at-heart. He's back again this year with some new tricks up his sleeve. Other activities at the Children's Tent will include an appearance by RU's own stilt-walker Peggy Hunt, a demonstration by The Sterling Swordplayers, storytime, and the second annual Scavenger Hunt. Visit the Children's Tent and say hello to Darlin' MacFarlane's friend Cuzin' Lulu The Clown. Each child who stops by receives a toy. The winner of the Scavenger Hunt takes home a basket of toys, games and festival memorbilia.

We'll have several special items for sale in the festival souvenir area.

2004 Festival T-shirts - The shirts are black this year with beautiful red design on the back. This is one of our best-looking shirts ever.

RU Lounge Chairs - These handy (and comfortable) chairs are the perfect gift for anyone who loves RU. This is a new item and they're so nice you will want to purchase one for yourself, too.

RU Historic Mailbox Banks - When the former Walker Hall Post Office shut its doors and moved to Dalton Hall, the doors of each post office box were saved. These doors have been crafted into wooden banks by volunteers from our Facilities Management team. Those who purchased the banks say the craftmanship is outstanding. A piece of RU history can be yours.
(For a donation of $100 to the Alumni Association)

Highlander Bottled Water - Quench your thirst with a bottle of RU water. Buy several bottles and use them as an extra item to stash in gift bags or keep in your office.

2003 Collector Pewter Pins – We have a small quantity of the collectible pewter pins from the 2003 Radford Highlanders Festival. If you missed getting yours last year, now's the time!

As a non-profit event, we need your support to continue to make the festival a success. Make a sound investment in your organization and the community. Your contribution not only provides a high visibility profile for your company, it also helps keep the history of the area alive.

    To become a sponsor, call marketing director Don Bowman at 540-831-5324 or e-mail Don Bowman.
    Add your name to our growing list of sponsors.
    To learn more about the Radford Highlanders Festival, call (540) 831-5324 or e-mail Bonnie Erickson.
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