Get your Scot on at the Maine Highland Games

Posted Aug. 20, 2012, at 3:21 p.m.
Bagpiper Logan Andrick, 9, of Portland, is the youngest member of Maine's Dunlap Highlap Band. Andrick, a Cub Scout, also competes in Highland wrestling and caber toss.
Bagpiper Logan Andrick, 9, of Portland, is the youngest member of Maine's Dunlap Highlap Band. Andrick, a Cub Scout, also competes in Highland wrestling and caber toss. Buy Photo
World record holder Mike Zolkiewicz demonstrates the technique he uses in the &quotweight over the bar" competition at the Highland Games. He tucks his kilt out of the way before swinging the 56-pound weight with one hand. No Scotsman has ever thrown the weight as high as this Pole from Springfield, Mass., who once tossed the weight 18 feet and 11 inches high.
World record holder Mike Zolkiewicz demonstrates the technique he uses in the "weight over the bar" competition at the Highland Games. He tucks his kilt out of the way before swinging the 56-pound weight with one hand. No Scotsman has ever thrown the weight as high as this Pole from Springfield, Mass., who once tossed the weight 18 feet and 11 inches high. Buy Photo
Desmond Robinson, 5, of Solon wears a knight's helmet and holds the pitchfork his Uncle Tony Robinson used in the sheaf-tossing competition at the Highland Games.
Desmond Robinson, 5, of Solon wears a knight's helmet and holds the pitchfork his Uncle Tony Robinson used in the sheaf-tossing competition at the Highland Games. Buy Photo
Scottish dancer Rachel Gow shows off her two trophies and four first-place medals. The 12-year-old from Worcester, Mass., was named most promising dancer.
Scottish dancer Rachel Gow shows off her two trophies and four first-place medals. The 12-year-old from Worcester, Mass., was named most promising dancer. Buy Photo
Kevin Dowling of Woolwich plays the 35-pound bass drum for the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps. The high school guidance counselor plays regularly in the marching band, often performing at military funerals and parades.
Kevin Dowling of Woolwich plays the 35-pound bass drum for the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps. The high school guidance counselor plays regularly in the marching band, often performing at military funerals and parades. Buy Photo
Guy Sheldon poses with weapons used during the battles dating back to the year 1314. &quotThe Scots were always fighting somebody for something," said Sheldon, a member of the New Hampshire-based Historic Highlanders, a living history group that exhibited at the Highland Games in Topsham on Saturday.
Guy Sheldon poses with weapons used during the battles dating back to the year 1314. "The Scots were always fighting somebody for something," said Sheldon, a member of the New Hampshire-based Historic Highlanders, a living history group that exhibited at the Highland Games in Topsham on Saturday. Buy Photo
Dan Dillon shows his stone-putting form at the Highland Game on Saturday in Topsham. Dillon, 45, is head librarian and strength coach at the Chaminade High School on Long Island, N.Y. The 45-year-old competes professionally most weekends, sometimes traveling as far away as Scotland and Germany.
Dan Dillon shows his stone-putting form at the Highland Game on Saturday in Topsham. Dillon, 45, is head librarian and strength coach at the Chaminade High School on Long Island, N.Y. The 45-year-old competes professionally most weekends, sometimes traveling as far away as Scotland and Germany. Buy Photo
Michael Pearson, left, of Sanford portrays a World War I infantryman in the Black Watch of Montreal. Paul Levasseur, center, of Hudson, N.H., and Eric Jones, of Jefferson, represent World War II infantrymen in Canada
Michael Pearson, left, of Sanford portrays a World War I infantryman in the Black Watch of Montreal. Paul Levasseur, center, of Hudson, N.H., and Eric Jones, of Jefferson, represent World War II infantrymen in Canada Buy Photo
Ann McDougal of Hartland spins Romney wool the was it was done in 1779. She's a member of a re-enactment group portraying the 74th Highland Regimen, which were garrisoned in Castine during the Revolutionary War.
Ann McDougal of Hartland spins Romney wool the was it was done in 1779. She's a member of a re-enactment group portraying the 74th Highland Regimen, which were garrisoned in Castine during the Revolutionary War. Buy Photo
Sam Cormier of Ellsworth, portraying a dispatch rider for the World War II North Nova Scotia Highlanders, poses with his 1940 Norton War Dept. model 16H. Cormier restored the bike after having it shipped from England seven years ago.
Sam Cormier of Ellsworth, portraying a dispatch rider for the World War II North Nova Scotia Highlanders, poses with his 1940 Norton War Dept. model 16H. Cormier restored the bike after having it shipped from England seven years ago. Buy Photo
Barb McNally, a summer resident of Bailey Island in Harpswell, has been volunteering at the Highland Games for so long that she's lost track of how many T-shirts are in her collection. As a musician she has performed with the Harp & Thistle Pipe Band, from Florida, and the Celtic Cross, from Peoria, Ill., and twice competed in Scotland.
Barb McNally, a summer resident of Bailey Island in Harpswell, has been volunteering at the Highland Games for so long that she's lost track of how many T-shirts are in her collection. As a musician she has performed with the Harp & Thistle Pipe Band, from Florida, and the Celtic Cross, from Peoria, Ill., and twice competed in Scotland. Buy Photo
Caber MacKnotheid points the way for visitors eager to learn about their Scottish family tree at the Highland Games in Topsham.
Caber MacKnotheid points the way for visitors eager to learn about their Scottish family tree at the Highland Games in Topsham. Buy Photo

TOPSHAM, Maine — The 34th annual Maine Highland Games attracted hundreds of kilt-wearing athletes, dancers, musicians and living-history enthusiasts to the Topsham Fairgrounds for a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture last Saturday.

Whether it’s in the participants’ blood or they’re just Scots for the day, the affair was an opportunity for folks to show off their Celtic pride.

Photographer Robert F. Bukaty visited the event to produce this set of portraits of a few of the participants.

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