The sky was cloudless, the music loud, and the was crowd abuzz during with the energy of the 14th annual Highlander festival and the 24th annual Folk Arts festival. Moffett quad and Heth lawn were both set up for business and fun this past Saturday. Booths lined the edges of both areas, awaiting a potentially large number of customers.
In Heth lawn there were booths for the folk arts including metalwork, needlework, wicker baskets, caning, quilting, woodwork, corn husk dolls and the art of Willard Gayheart. A couple of booths sold homemade confections such as honey and apple butter. On the stage of Heth lawn was a band playing folk music for the crowd.
Across the way, next to Fairfax Hall, there was an exhibit of birds put on by their keepers. A large group of people gathered around an owl, a red tailed hawk and other such birds in order to take pictures and learn more about them.
Another demonstration was of goat herding. The trainer of two herding dogs displayed how to use the two dogs to determine where the four goats walked, and how they keep the goats traveling in a pack rather than wandering off.
On Tyler Street there was a parade consisting of marching bagpipers, the Radford University cheerleaders, the dance team, the highlander mascot and fire trucks to name a hand full. People flocked to the sides of the street and the medians upon hearing the first band of bagpipers approach.
On Moffett quad, people with dogs and children were milling about. Many spectators waited around the sectioned-off portion of the field to see the procession of the bagpipe bands and the march of the clans. Three bands of bagpipers were in attendance this year. Virginia