by Andrew Crisp
Kilts were the fashion statement of choice at the Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games Sept. 29.
At noon, the opening ceremony brought bagpipe players marching in time through the center of a grassy field at Expo Idaho for an audience numbering in the hundreds.
Families representing clans Kerr, Cunningham, Elliot, Davidson and a dozen more marched with flags bearing their crests held high.
A day's worth of events included traditional highland games, piping competitions, dance, food and more.
One man's shirt bore the outlines of the British Isles. The north was labeled Scotland and the south, just above London, was labeled South Scotland.
In the bonnie knees competition, a group of women sat in folding chairs with blindfolds over their eyes while a line of men in kilts approached them, grasping the checkered fabric covering their bottom halves and hoisting it just above their knees. The man with the most "bonnie" knees takes home the prize.
In turn, each pair of knees was then groped by each woman in the line. Each man was assigned a number and the women deliberated after an initial round to narrow down the group. The announcer wasted no time in making jokes at the participants' expense with subtle innuendo.
With beer and roast turkey legs the most popular foodstuff, the scene brought some of the Old World to Garden City.