29th Annual Scottish Festival

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Bag pipes.... drummers, vendors from all over the United States and of course people out to just enjoy the fun at the 29th annual Arkansas Scottish festival.

The U.S. Border Patrol Pipe Band was one of the many vendors  "Today we came to Batesville Arkansas to do some recruiting at the Scottish festival" said Jennie Helton of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Scottish festival is held every year at Lyon College. Jean Robinson Wallace's family has been attending the festival for the last 28 years. "The school contacted us and at that time it was called Arkansas college and asked if we would help start a Scottish festival in Batesville and the festival has been here every since.

Amidst the music prizes and shopping...the festival is also a time to help people discover family roots from Scotland.

"Because a person's grandparents could have been named a Mc something or a Barkly that's what we're here for to help them learn about their heritage" said Wallace.

The three day event connected the pieces of the puzzle for people who have always wondered about their heritage. Joseph Bennett says he enjoyed the festival. "Absolutely I love coming out here" said Bennett.

"This weekend we couldn't have had better weather it's just been wonderful" said Wallace.