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Radford, RU host Highlanders Festival Saturday

RADFORD – Seven Nations and Scythian are somewhere fine-tuning their instruments. Quilters are putting their last stitches in their quilts. Parents are packing their bags. Bagpipers are practicing in the highlands. The herding dogs from Southwest Virginia are ready to get on with the show. A flurry of activity is going on this week as the city and university prepare for Saturday’s big event – the 13th annual Radford Highlanders Festival, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on RU’s Heth Lawn and Moffett Field.
Everyone from weather forecasters (the forecast says it’s going to be picture – perfect) and the RU Facilities Management team to flap-jack chefs and musicians of every kind are tweaking last-minute details to make this festival an event where patrons will want to stay all day and then head on over to Preston Auditorium for a 7 p.m. concert by Scythian and Seven Nations, bands that will bring Celtic music fans to their feet.
For the first time ever, the festival will pair up with RU’s Parents Weekend and Appalachian Folk Arts Festival. “If phone calls, word-of-mouth and e-mails are any indications, I expect to see at least 7,000 folks converging on the City of Radford’s Main Street and the Radford University campus. We’ve been preparing all year and I think everyone is going to be having a memorable and fun time on Saturday,” says Laurie Buchwald, steering committee chair.
Beginning with a pancake breakfast downtown and officially kicking off with the much-anticipated return of the festival parade, the crowd will already be energized when festival events get underway on Moffett Quad. Vendors will be ready to sell their wares by 10 a.m. and with 46 vendors, 11 clans, more than 10 different bands, the ever-popular heavyweight athletic games, the return of the sheep herding demonstrations and the parade, festival goers will be hard pressed to run out of things to do. A new addition to this year’s festival is a food court area near the wall at Moffett Field. Seven diverse vendors will set up their mobile kitchens on the quad and an area for festival seating, where visitors can set up their blankets and chairs, enjoy delicious food, and listen to the daytime line up of music.
Admission to the festival is free however some fees do apply for evening performances including the two headline concerts and the play “On The Verge,” part of Parents’ Weekend programming. Admission to the pancake breakfast is a $6 donation to the Radford Public Library.
Tickets for the headline concert are still available at Hurlburt Hall information desk and will also be available at the door. Admission is $10 for RU students and $15 general public.
A full schedule of events – including times, locations and fees – is available at www.radford.edu/festival or by calling RU’s Office of University Relations at (540) 831-5182. More information is also available by e-mailing broberts@radford.edu.

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Radford, RU host Highlanders Festival Saturday

RADFORD – Seven Nations and Scythian are somewhere fine-tuning their instruments. Quilters are putting their last stitches in their quilts. Parents are packing their bags. Bagpipers are practicing in the highlands. The herding dogs from Southwest Virginia are ready to get on with the show. A flurry of activity is going on this week as the city and university prepare for Saturday’s big event – the 13th annual Radford Highlanders Festival, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on RU’s Heth Lawn and Moffett Field.
Everyone from weather forecasters (the forecast says it’s going to be picture – perfect) and the RU Facilities Management team to flap-jack chefs and musicians of every kind are tweaking last-minute details to make this festival an event where patrons will want to stay all day and then head on over to Preston Auditorium for a 7 p.m. concert by Scythian and Seven Nations, bands that will bring Celtic music fans to their feet.
For the first time ever, the festival will pair up with RU’s Parents Weekend and Appalachian Folk Arts Festival. “If phone calls, word-of-mouth and e-mails are any indications, I expect to see at least 7,000 folks converging on the City of Radford’s Main Street and the Radford University campus. We’ve been preparing all year and I think everyone is going to be having a memorable and fun time on Saturday,” says Laurie Buchwald, steering committee chair.
Beginning with a pancake breakfast downtown and officially kicking off with the much-anticipated return of the festival parade, the crowd will already be energized when festival events get underway on Moffett Quad. Vendors will be ready to sell their wares by 10 a.m. and with 46 vendors, 11 clans, more than 10 different bands, the ever-popular heavyweight athletic games, the return of the sheep herding demonstrations and the parade, festival goers will be hard pressed to run out of things to do. A new addition to this year’s festival is a food court area near the wall at Moffett Field. Seven diverse vendors will set up their mobile kitchens on the quad and an area for festival seating, where visitors can set up their blankets and chairs, enjoy delicious food, and listen to the daytime line up of music.
Admission to the festival is free however some fees do apply for evening performances including the two headline concerts and the play “On The Verge,” part of Parents’ Weekend programming. Admission to the pancake breakfast is a $6 donation to the Radford Public Library.
Tickets for the headline concert are still available at Hurlburt Hall information desk and will also be available at the door. Admission is $10 for RU students and $15 general public.
A full schedule of events – including times, locations and fees – is available at www.radford.edu/festival or by calling RU’s Office of University Relations at (540) 831-5182. More information is also available by e-mailing broberts@radford.edu.

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