On March 23, 2013, several members of MidCal MINIs will participate for the first time in the Kern County Scottish Gathering and Games, at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. The event starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. with the Ceilidh beginning at 6:00 pm. A Ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing.
The event generally draws 3,500 to 4,000 people so this will be a great opportunity for others in the Valley to get to know MidCal MINIs. The Society would like to begin the tradition of including a British Car judging event in Kern County similar to one held during the Ventura Scottish Games. The MidCal group is pleased to help kick it up a notch for the Kern County group.
The Kern County Scottish Society was established in July 1971 and was formed to promote Scottish heritage and cultural traditions in Kern County as well as to gather for social functions. Some of these traditions include Highland Games, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing, genealogy, piping and drumming, tartans, Highland dress, and Gaelic, the native language of the Highlands and Islands.
So if you hear the sound of the bagpipes emanating from a MINI on Saturday, you will know why. The MINIs are the start of a new tradition at the Kern County Scottish Gathering.