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Revelers Brave Heat At Round Hill Highland Games In Norwalk

One of the young bag pipers at the 90th annual Scottish Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk.
One of the young bag pipers at the 90th annual Scottish Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
Festive Scottish music under the tent Saturday at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk.
Festive Scottish music under the tent Saturday at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
Young drummers Saturday at the 90th annual Scottish Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk.
Young drummers Saturday at the 90th annual Scottish Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
A three-legged sack race Saturday at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk.
A three-legged sack race Saturday at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
Some of the vendors at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk Saturday.
Some of the vendors at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk Saturday. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
A bag pipe band performs at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk on Saturday.
A bag pipe band performs at the Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk on Saturday. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
Some attendees sought shade Saturday at the 90th annual Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk.
Some attendees sought shade Saturday at the 90th annual Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
A bag pipe band performs Scottish songs Saturday at the annual Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk.
A bag pipe band performs Scottish songs Saturday at the annual Round Hill Highland Games at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – Several thousand people braved the sweltering heat at Cranbury Park in Norwalk on Saturday for an all-day celebration of Scottish culture at the 90th annual Round Hill Highland Games.

The annual event draws people from throughout the region to view traditional Scottish competitions, such as the caber toss, the stone put, the weight over the bar and others.

Several regional bag pipe bands – decked out in splendid Scottish attire – also competed playing traditional Scottish songs and marching in unison.

More than a dozen vendors of Scottish foods and merchandise dotted the lush green field around the park, and groups also competed in traditional Scottish dancing.

Attendees were camped out under shade wherever they could find it. But they came out and cheered the bands and competitors throughout the day Saturday.

“It’s a wonderful event,” said Norwalk Common Council President Doug Hempstead, who attends the games every year. “And it seems like it’s hot like this every year.”

The games started in Greenwich at the estate of Charles A. Moore on Round Hill Road, but the event has been held in Cranbury Park in Norwalk for more than two decades.

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