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Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

The Scottish & Celtic Festival takes Parkersburg City Park by storm with music, food and family fun. It's a day dedicated to celebrating who you are and where you came from.

"It has been growing every year and I just heard that our numbers are up almost double from last year," says Scottish & Celtic committee member John Dye. "So, we've had real good response."

The positive community response is no surprise to Red McWilliams. McWilliams says he wasn't inspired to learn about his family history until he was an adult, playing in a band, that played Scottish and Irish music. He believes knowing your heritage helps you better understand yourself.

"It goes back to that old saying 'if you don't know where you come from, you don't know where you're going and I hold with that premise," he says.

History is certainly something the Mid-Ohio Valley is not short on. In fact, Dye says the area is so flush with Scottish history, it's entirely possible for a longtime M.O.V. resident to be Scottish and not even know it.

"See, the Scotts were some of the earliest settlers in this area. A lot of people think just because their name doesn't start with 'Mc' that they can't be Scottish. But what they don't realize is the 'non-Mc's' had to be here before. Adding the 'Mc' to the name only means son of. Instead of saying William's son- its McWilliams."


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