The government of the Township of Centre Wellington was represented by Mayor George Pinkney, who welcomed special visitors from Fergus' twinned city of Pleasanton, California, who were seated on stage. [On September 2, we were present when the mayor and his wife Dorothy performed a similar function as guests at the Blairgowrie Highland Games in Scotland. Blairgowrie is another city which is twinned with Fergus, Ontario.]
Renowned Scottish author, David Ross, whom Doug met earlier on the Avenue of Clans with his daughter, where he was talking about Scottish history and his publications (the Trail of the Bruce and the Trail of the Wallace in the Children's Movie and Reading Area, was also among the honoured guests on the stage.
Representing the Federal Government, Opposition Leader Joe Clark (centre photo) addressed the crowd. In this Year of the Volunteer, Colonel Hugh Parkhill Stewart CD was also an honoured guest for his involvement with the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games.