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Made In Chicago: Scottish Festival And Highland Games

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A bagpiper plays his instrument during the Bag-Open International Pipeband Competition of the Scottish Festival in Xanten, western Germany. (Credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A bagpiper plays his instrument during the Bag-Open International Pipeband Competition of the Scottish Festival in Xanten, western Germany. (Credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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(CBS) — It’s a taste of Scotland in suburban Chicago, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger as the 28th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games get underway this month.

Gus Noble, president of the Chicago Scots, says it’s like taking a trip to Scotland without the airfare.

“You’ll notice the sound of bagpipes as soon as you walk in. Lots of people dressed in kilts and tartan. And then as you progress through the festival, you’ll see the icons of Scottish culture.”

Traditional Scottish cuisine including haggis, Highland dancing and Scottish sports contests.

Made In Chicago: Scottish Festival And Highland Games

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“You’ll have seen the man tossing the Caber – it looks like a large telephone pole where they run and toss it end over end…These all have their roots back in Scotland.”

The Scottish Festival draws some 10-to-15,000 visitors.

“Everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply, by inclination.”

The event is a benefit for Illinois’ oldest charity, the St. Andrew Society which provides care for the elderly. The Scottish Fest takes place on June 20 and 21 at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca.

For more information, visit www.chicagoscots.org/highland-games.

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