CONDON - Haggis will be featured in the traditional afternoon repast that will also include neeps and tatties, during Robert Burns Day beginning at 2 p.m. at the Condon Elks Lodge, 117 S. Main St.

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish often served with turnips and potatoes. For the uninitiated, the most common recipe is to cook the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep with onions, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock, in the sheep's stomach for an hour.

If that sounds like the last thing you'd want to put in your mouth, gentler Scottish favorites, including Scotch eggs and shortbread will also be served up during the celebration of poet Robert Burns' birthday.

Burns was born January 25, 1759 and was widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Burns is considered a cultural icon in Scotland and among those Scots who relocated to other parts of the world. The honoring of Burns happens around the world, and is more widely observed than St. Andrew's Day, which is the official national day of Scotland.

Bagpipe music, songs, recitations and family recollections of days of yore in Scotland and of the life and times of Scottish families after coming to America in the mid-1880s will be included in the event.

Organizers would welcome people sharing anecdotes of family histories about the earlier days of the area's Scottish ancestry as well.

Members of the Portland Police Highland Guard Pipes and Drums will be performing during the afternoon and at a special evening program.

Members of that band have performed at Condon in the past and have been integral in the formation of the Royal Condon Highland Guard, the popular band of pipes and drums that has performed in Condon's Fourth of July parade the past two years.

The event includes a Scottish shortbread contest. Those attending are invited to bring an ample sampling of the traditional treat to be judged and shared with "Rabbie" Burns revelers. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries.

The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. and will continue until the last haggis is gone and the pipers can pipe no more.

Tickets for the event are $17.50 per person and $10 per person for those who just want to attend the evening concert by the Portland Police Highland Guard. Call (541) 384-2421.


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