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Dundee Scottish Festival cancelled due to lack of funding, new blood

At this point it looks like the Scottish Festival, which has been held in Dundee each summer for the last decade, is not happening in 2020.

“It’s been a wonderful 10 years,” said Fran Willis, the festival’s longtime chairperson said to the Finger Lakes Times. “I think we did meet some goals, but the financial backing has evaporated.”

The event featured Scottish music, dancers, games, and food from local vendors. Wineries and breweries participated, as well.

At best, two- or three-thousand attendees celebrated in Dundee. But that was contingent on weather, which didn’t always cooperate.

Another challenge – a lack of new blood, according to Willis. The board of directors voted to not hold the festival in 2020, citing that as one of the issues.

The Dundee Scottish Association will remain active, and maintain a presence in the community.


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