Bagpipers play at last year’s Highlander Festival at Bisset Park. This year’s festival is next Saturday.

Visitors to the City of Radford on Saturday, Oct. 21 will get a taste of Scots-Irish culture as the 21st Highlanders Festival returns with a full menu of music, dance, athletic games, sheepherding and more than 50 craft and food vendors.


Set in Bisset Park along a beautiful stretch of the New River, the festival has become a major draw in the fall season for the City of Radford and Radford University, which partner to put on the special event that commemorates the Scottish and Irish influence on the early settlement of southwest Virginia.

This year that influence will be apparent with SYR, a Celtic Folk-Rock group from Columbia, S.C., who will perform on the Gazebo Main Stage at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pronounced “sire”, the group says it “blends the members’ rock…



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