2017 Annual Radford Highlanders Festival
Venue: Bisset Park, Radford
Organizations: Syr
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Food, Sports, Miscellaneous, Family Friendly
Cost: Free
The Radford Highlanders Festival celebrates its 21st season on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Bisset Park.

The Radford Highlander Festival brings together Scottish Highland Games, Celtic music, massed pipe and drum band performance, Scottish clan march, sheep-herding demonstrations, booths from more than 50 craft and food vendors and family friendly entertainment for festival lovers of all ages.

Music will be headlined by this year by Syr.

SYR (sire) is a Celtic Folk-Rock band from Columbia, South Carolina. What started as a small traditional cover band has evolved into a serious endeavor with a unique blend of genres. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR blends their own rock background to create powerful songs with themes like battle, love, loss, heritage and victory.

SYR also plays Irish & Scottish drinking songs, pirate sea shanties and ballads in Gaelic even taking modern songs and adding a Celtic twist to create an interesting blend of old and new.



Festival Schedule:
• 9:00 am - Highland Games begin
• 10:00-10:30 am - Grand Entry - Massed Bands and Scottish Clans
• 10:00 am: Brave Heart 5K Run/Walk begins

Main Stage - Gazebo:
• 9:00-9:20 am: Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums
• 9:25-9:45 am: Radford Highlanders Pipes and Drums
• 10:30-10:50 am: The Pipers Club
• 10:55 am: Braveheart 5K Announcements
• 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: SYR performs
• 12:15-12:45 pm: The Pipers Club
• 1:00-2:00 pm: Syr
• 2:15-2:45 pm: The Pipers Club
• 3:00-4:00 pm: Syr

Community Stage - Shelter #1:
• 12:00-1:00 pm: Central Fine Arts Academy
• 1:30-2:30 pm: The West End
• 3:00-4:00 pm - PanJammers

Over the past 20 years, the festival has more than tripled in size, and now attracts an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. Whether a family’s background is of Scots-Irish origin or of other descent, the day always brings with it an air of excitement and anticipation. There is no place more beautiful than Southwest Virginia in autumn and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful back-drop for the fall festival.

Admission is free and and all are welcome.

The festival is a joint partnership with the City of Radford and Radford University.

For more information, visit: http://www.radford.edu/content/festival/home.html or https://www.facebook.com/Radford-Highlanders-Festival-199911713385790/ or call 540-831-6255.
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