The Scots returned Saturday to the for another food and other edibles such as shortbread, other sweets and heather tea — along with dancing, games and the plaintive sound of rows upon rows of bagpipes.
The authentic Scottish event that draws crowds and participants from multiple states included dog herding demonstrations, "caber tossing," in which men in kilts see how far they can toss giant poles, bagpiping competitions, a British car show, Tartan makers and more. Representatives from Scottish clans were on hand to help visitors with Scottish names trace their roots.
The annual event benefits the programs, facility and treatment and educational goals at Bonnie Brae, a longtime school and residential center in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township, which accepts adolescent boys from troubled or unstable backgrounds.
At high noon, dozens and dozens of bagpipers headed out onto the main field, led by the of Basking Ridge.
As he has before, Charlie Zahm presented a spirited rendition of "Flower of Scotland" and then the National Anthem.
Bill Powers, CEO at Bonnie Brae, thanked the crowd on behalf of the residents and staff at the school and residential treatment center.
"In two weeks, seven of our high school seniors will graduate," Powers said. "Two will be going on to college."
Powers also proudly told the crowd that the Bonnie Brae Knights Drum Corps, which performed at a parade for President Obama's inauguration, recently attended a competition in West Virginia attended by bands from around the world. The Bonnie Brae Knights ended up finishing first in the drum corps category, Powers said.
Throughout the day, visitors were able to wander through exhibits and shows celebrating all things Scottish.
Sean McKay of High Bridge, one of the competitors in caber tossing, said he had learned how to perform the Scottish game in Bound Brook.
The event was held on the rolling green lawn of Bonnie Brae, at 3415 Valley Road, near