Pipes and Stripes 

12th annual Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games

Treasure Valley Scots are getting their plaid pressed and their pipes tuned for the upcoming Scottish Highlands Games at Expo Idaho. Event organizers promise cutthroat piping and athletic competitions, as well as a gam-filled bonny knees showdown where judges rate the exposed knees and calves of dudes with their kilts raised. Yup, that's for real.

Other fun-filled Scottacular goings-on include a dog show, clan tents, tea tents and lots o' vendors. Accordion-filled jams will be provided by Swagger, Ocean's Apart, fiddler Christa Walker, the City of Trees Pipe Band and others.

If you've got a bagpipe and plan on waltzing into the piping competition, you'd be wise to first check out the rules on the Scottish American Society of the Treasure Valley's Web site first. Not only must "appropriate highland dress" be worn during the competition, but also, competitors "shall perform their event without the aid of printed music." Somebody's got their kilt in a twist.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $10 adults, $5 kids and seniors, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City. Tickets are available at the door or at Wee Bit O'Scotland, 4501 W. Emerald, 208-331-5675. For more information, visit idahoscots.org.

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