Hot times at Caledonian Games

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Brothers Matthew Robinson (left), 8, and Geoffrey Robinson, 9, share the excitement and anticipation just prior to the medals presentation for the Highland Dance Competition. The two brothers shared their Scottish spirit at Saturday's Caledonian Games in Athena. The event also includes piping, sheep dog trials, Scottish athletic competitions, stories, food and music from a Celtic harp.

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Pearl the Saint Bernard tried to be just a big ol' sheep dog Saturday morning in Athena at the Caledonian Sheep Dog trials but had a rough time fitting in the cooling-off pool for sheep dog competitors. Ray Wells, Pearl's person (background) commented that Pearl, 'wasn't down as a competitor but just as a spectator.” With the hot weather, though, he added, 'It's warm enough this morning that we couldn't resist sneaking into the cool water.” No one seemed to mind the logic.

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Plaid is fashionable at the Caledonian Games. The activities continue today in Athena, beginning with the American Legion breakfast on Main Street from 7:30-11 a.m. Sheep dog trials run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the athletic field. The Kirkin' o' the Tartan is at 9:30 a.m. at City Park. Coffee hour at the shelter in the park at 10:30 a.m. includes music on the Celtic harp by Janet Naylor. The River City Pipe Band performs at 10:45 a.m. Naylor continues her performance on the Celtic harp on the stage at 11:30 a.m. The Weston-McEwen Pipes and Drum and Military Band are scheduled at 1 p.m. A demonstration by Blue Mountain Wildlife at 1:30 p.m. will include live birds. The horseshoe tournament begins at 2 p.m. The Front Porch Band from Athena will perform at 2:30 p.m.

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Above: Erik Lynde helps Kaylie Robinson, 7, with the kid's caber toss Saturday morning at the Caledonian Games in Athena. Kaylie was at the games with her aunt, Kylee Bracher, and grandmother, Patty Hall, all from the Tri-Cities. Patty Hall went to school in Athena and played the pipes at Weston-McEwen High School in the 1970s.

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Tess takes sheep through one of the gates during her Pro Novice run with shepherd Shilah Olson during the Caledonian Sheep Dog trials in Athena on Saturday.

Visitors shared Scottish spirit at Saturday's Caledonian Games held in Athena.

The activities continue today in Athena, beginning with the American Legion breakfast on Main Street from 7:30-11 a.m. The event also includes piping, sheep dog trials, Scottish athletic competitions, stories, food and music from a Celtic harp.

Sheep dog trials run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the athletic field. The Kirkin' o' the Tartan is at 9:30 a.m. at City Park. Coffee hour at the shelter in the park at 10:30 a.m. includes music on the Celtic harp by Janet Naylor. The River City Pipe Band performs at 10:45 a.m. Naylor continues her performance on the Celtic harp on the stage at 11:30 a.m. The Weston-McEwen Pipes and Drum and Military Band are scheduled at 1 p.m. A demonstration by Blue Mountain Wildlife at 1:30 p.m. will include live birds. The horseshoe tournament begins at 2 p.m. The Front Porch Band from Athena will perform at 2:30 p.m.

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