Saturday, Oct. 3rd (and Sun the 4th) the 25th annual Reno Celtic Fair was held at Bartley Ranch County park in Reno (NV). We are proud members of the Nevada Society of Scottish Friday, Sam and I helped with the set-up of the hospitality booth. It was the first time we were able to participate in a Society function.
On Saturday, dressed up, we spent some time at the booth meeting and greeting. It was a beautiful day, without a cloud in sight. The melodic sounds of bagpipes greeted us when we stepped on the grounds. As much as I love the pipes, hearing endless renditions of 'Scotland the Brave' does wear on one after five hours.
I love people watching. So many folks wore clan tartans or costumes. It is fun to see to what extent men and women dress up. There is always a smattering of Renaissance, steam-punk, and pirates to mix it up. I didn't see any fairies or barbarians this time around. One couple had gone to great measures to assume the characters of Jamie and Claire (from the Outlander books).
There wasn't as many vendors as last year. It seems there was another event that drew some of them away. The food selection was a little thin, too. The Highland Cattle couldn't make it but Clydesdales and canines were represented.
The dancers were in the same place. The games (Highland games) were moved from the corral to a grassy area. This was nice. The living history had the pirates and fighting re-enactors. Of course, the band and single pipers could be heard from just about anywhere.
I'm looking forward to nest year's event.