Scottish Festival

Gatlinburg (WVLT) -- The hills were alive with the sound of music in Gatlinburg, bagpipe music to be exact.

Bagpipers from all over East Tennessee and the country marched into Gatlinburg today for the 26th Annual Scottish Clans meeting.

The meeting featured a lot of entertainment options, including the Highland Athletics, bagpipe competitions, Highland dancing, and Border Collie demonstrations.

Organizers say they meet every year in Gatlinburg for a good reason.

"East Tennessee and the mid-South was settled by Scotts and Scott-Irish," said Bill Frazer, president of the Highland Games. "In 1830, the census showed 75% of the population of East Tennessee was Scotts and Scotts-Irish, and 90% of the politicians. We settled through these hills and mountains because it reminded everybody a lot of Scotland."

The event is put on by the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival games board.

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