Fergus Scottish Festival honours most famous Scot on Jan. 22

On Saturday, Jan. 22 the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games will raise a toast to Scotland’s favourite son at its annual Robbie Burns Night.

A Scottish tradition since the early 1800’s, Robbie Burns Night is held around the world on or near Jan. 25, the date typically recognized as Burns’ birthday.

Burns’ significance in Scottish culture and tradition lies in his impeccable writings during the Romantic movement, to which he was a significant contributor.

Influencing some of the most widely recognized poets and lyricists, Burns had modest beginnings as a ploughman in Scotland before rising to fame with his literary style that has made him Scotland’s national poet.

The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games will recognize this time-honoured tradition with its 2011 Robbie Burns Night.

The slate of entertainment includes live music from the Fiddle Kid – Liam McGlashon, as well as the Fergus Pipe Band and Grand Celtic Pipe Band. The talented Janice Howey will also perform, accompanied by Nick Gush. The evening will feature plenty of Scottish entertainment, as well, the celebration promises the most theatrical and passionate rendition of Burns’ Address To A Haggis presented by John K. Campbell.

The evening will include wit and prose of the immortal Robbie Burns, with the singing of Auld Lang Syne concluding the evening.

For passionate Scots and admirers of Scottish culture, Robbie Burns Night is a highlight annual event for all! The evening begins at 6pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 500 Blair Street in Fergus. Tickets are $40 per person and include a Scottish dinner with a full evening of entertainment.

Tickets are available online at www.fergusscottishfestival.com or by phone at 519-787-0099. Tickets are also available in person at the Festival office at 1-181 St. Andrew St. E. in Fergus.