Aguid few (a good many) scallywags (mischief seekers) from throughout the Southland will be fidgin fain (restless with anticipation) until Saturday, when they will get off their bahookies (backsides) in droves to byde a wee (spend some time) at the pure dead brilliant (excellent) annual ScotsFest in Costa Mesa.
Put on by the United Scottish Society of Southern California in order to promote Scottish and Celtic cultural traditions, the festival draws more than 15,000 people to the Orange County Fairgrounds for two days of bagpipe music, caber tossing and the Ghillie Callum (Sword Dance).
Society Chieftain Tom Reoch said this year's pipe band competition will feature the most bands in the festival's history, with 23 bands competing and performing, including six from Canada. Two of the Canadian bands, along with the LA Scots band, are elite Grade 1 competitors — "the NBA of bagpipes," Reoch said. The Orange County-based LA Scots are one of less than a handful of top-tier pipers in the country.