by Billy Roper
Our family joined with thousands of others yesterday in celebration of explicitly European heritage and culture at the Arkansas Scottish Festival, an annual event held each April at Lyon College in Batesville. The four of us joined another family of seven in visiting each of the Clan’s booths and learning more about the history and traditions of the northern half of the British Isles. There were dozens of vendors and a large food court which featured some traditional Scottish cuisine, as well as jewelry, clothes, and other souvenirs. It was nice to see all of the White children there, absorbing some European identity.
Hundreds of bagpipe and drum musicians from around the country held individual competitions as well as group contests of their musical skills and talent, followed by a parade, concert, and exhibition of traditional Scottish dances.
Somewhat less traditional was the group of young children…
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