Clan Forrester in Idaho has been active since our last Treasure Valley (Boise area) Celtic Festival and Highland Games helping the Treasure Valley Scottish America Society, a recently official non-profit organization, prepare for our up and coming September 30, 2017 games.
We have had a number of new volunteers take seats on our Board of Directors left vacant by board members moving away and the unfortunate early passing of our beloved treasurer, Wendy Bauer, from Glasgow, Scotland.
The net result is we have much fresh enthusiasm and many new and very creative ideas to enable us plan what we predict will be the best ever Idaho Celtic Festival and Highland Games for 2017.
We dropped the idea of having a professional Highland Dancing Competition. We tried it once with mixed results. We now want to continue to encourage the many young and highly talented amateurs in the Mountain West who dance for a large number of amateur dance groups. These are ready and eager to show off their new Highland dance skills with fresh enthusiasm and youthful happy faces.
Back for 2017 will be the many popular food, beverage, and Celtic products vendors who have found success at our games in the past almost 20 years. And we have some new vendors whose product additions we welcome.
We are coming off of record years in both professional and amateur athletic competitions. All of our regulars will be back with the addition of some new pro athletes to expand the appeal and already high reputation of our well-regarded professional athletic competition.
Our Clan Tent Coordinator reports we expect record numbers of Clan Tent rental spaces reserved for 2017. As usual Clan Forrester in the person of Yours Truly has acted in an advisory capacity in the planning of our 2017 games and festival
If space permits, we may have a report for you in a future issue of how yours truly had to chase down our high wind and hail storm launched Clan Forrester Tent at a games recently in a neighboring Mountain West City. After our tent was sent aloft, I tackled it and brought it down to safety, more or less, to ground. Big tip: ALWAYS PEG DOWN YOUR CLAN TENT NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHERMAN SAYS THE FORECAST IS FOR THE DAY OF YOUR GAMES.
Vandye J. Forrester, III - Regional Commissioner for Idaho