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July 16, 1998|By Randi Kest

Scottish, Irish Fair

The first Mid-Summer Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair is coming to the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pa., Saturday and Sunday . Top Irish and Scottish performers including Seven Nations, Black 47, Men of Worth, Bur, Whelan & O'Riordan and Donna Missigman, will highlight this weekend's event. More than 30 craft exhibitors and vendors will be open for business, and bagpipers, Irish step dancers and Scottish Highland dance groups will perform continuously. There will be single malt whisky tastings, Celtic art shows, sand art, the Merlin Moon Bounce and shops selling claddagh jewelry, clan crests, tartan scarves and other Celtic novelties.

Saturday's show begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m., and Sunday's starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 per day for adults or $20 for the whole weekend. Children under 12 are free. The Valley Forge Convention Center is 15 miles from Philadelphia and two miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 24 at Valley Forge. Call 610-825-7268 for information and directions.

Fiddlers and banjos

This Saturday head to Garrett County for the 34th Annual Fiddlers and Banjo Contest at the Town Park in Friendsville. Since 1965 this event has helped the community and those in need. All amateur fiddlers and banjo players are welcome to enter. Top prize for the middle group (20 to 59 years old) and the senior group (60 and older) is $200 and the top teen prize is $100. All children 12 years and under win $10 just for entering, and the top three get trophies. Pre-show entertainment begins at 3 p.m. with traditional music performed by the Acoustic Shadows of the Blue and Gray. Square dancers and cloggers will also perform. The contest begins at 7 p.m.

The Town Park in Friendsville is off Second Avenue, which becomes Friendsville-Addison Road. The event begins at 3 p.m., and the contest starts at 7 p.m. Call 800-466-7554 for information.

Pub Date: 7/16/98

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