PLEASANTON -- It's Labor Day Weekend and, as usual, the favorite color in Pleasanton is plaid.
The 147th annual Scottish Highland Gathering and Games is back for the annual two-day blowout of cultural heritage, bagpipes, kilts, caber tossing, expert drumming, music, games and vendors of all things Scottish -- including the whisky.
On Saturday, thousands of people from more than 100 clans descended upon the Alameda County Fairgrounds to celebrate and show off their highland heritage to visitors. The events continue Sunday.
The pipe band competition brings together professional groups from the United States and Canada. Seven stages at the fairgrounds feature the music of Scottish bands, including Celtic rock.
For sports fans, the top professionals from the U.S., Canada, Britain and other parts of Europe compete for world titles in weight tossing and caber tossing.
Living history re-enactments provide fun for those who want to know about Mary, Queen of Scots, highland warriors and the invading Vikings.
And back by popular demand is Whisky Live, where for an additional fee you can sample the finer single malts from Scotland.
The gathering and games open at 8 a.m. Athletics begin at 8:30 a.m. All other activities begin at 10 a.m. Closing time is 6:30 p.m. A one-day pass is $20, $12 for children 12 to 17 and seniors 65 and older. Parking is $8. For details, call 925-689-0395. or go to
Contact Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164.