65th Fergus Scottish Festival - 2010
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A red lanyard around the neck held a "Special Guest" tag which identified individuals to enter the Sponsors' Tent beside the Main Stage on the Main Field. The sun came out as we sat at our "Ross" table and had some snacks. We learned that the tag would allow us to return for food and drinks all weekend.
Persons in the following set of photos are - - -
- Doug Ross, Dr. Patricia Ross, Kathryn Ross-Zuj, Dr.Valerie-Dawn Girhiny, Rev. John Girhiny, Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj, Pres. Andrew Ross Thibodeau
- Stuart Cameron (standing), the youngest Chieftain in the history of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. His father, John Allen Cameron, known as the Godfather of Celtic Music, undoubtedly influenced Stuart to become a promising Canadian producer and songwriter.
- The "Ross" table with Doug & Patricia Ross seated with Valerie-Dawn & John. Valerie-Dawn Girhiny is the Gt-Gt-Gt-Granddaughter of Sir George William Ross, a former Premier of Ontario and an organizer of the first Clan Ross society in North America. She became the honoured guest of Clan Ross - Canada when we were welcomed as the featured Clan at the Festival during the 50th Anniversary of our Founding.
Persons in the following set of pictures are - - -
- Andy & Lizz Thibodeau
- Doug Ross chatting with Kathryn Ross-Zuj and Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj as Andy Thibodeau sips his coffee.
- Similar to the previous photo.
Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj extended greetings to Philip Nappi, Chairman of the Blairgowrie Twinning Committee, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the twinning of Fergus, Blairgowrie-Rattray (Scotland) and Pleasanton (California). Also seated with the Mayor are her daughter as well as former Mayor George Pinkney and his wife Dorothy, whom we met in Blairgowrie during our 2001 tour with the Canadian Massed Pipes and Drums Band.
The following photos are courtesy of Valerie-Dawn and John Girhiny.
- Doug & Patricia Ross, Stuart Cameron, Valerie-Dawn Girhiny, Andy Thibodeau.
- Clan Ross - Canada Honoured Guest Valerie-Dawn Girhiny
- Patricia & Doug Ross with Valerie-Dawn Girhiny. This picture was taken later during the ceremonial lighting of the candles at the conclusion of the tattoo prior to the firework display.
The year 2008 was rainy, but my description of presentation of the tattoo itself would be similar. Except for a band called Inverness, there was little new. The event had a very apparent lack of variety, and most items on the programme were stretched or padded.
Interspersed with songs from Tommy Leadbeater of Cape Breton, the two bands from Fergus opened the tattoo. The hit of the evening were still the performances of the 48th Highlanders and the Royal Regiment of Canada from Toronto.
The evening concluded with the lighting of tattoo candles and a bonfire Tribute to the Scottish Heritage with the rallying of the clans represented at the Festival. This was followed by a very unique fireworks display; I had never seen a "heart inside a circle" or a "happy face" design before. They were totally unexpected.