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The Ohio Scottish Games is held on the 4th weekend of
each June on the grounds of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. The Games
features pipe, dance and athletic competitions, sheep dog demonstrations,
Scottish music and numerous artisans, crafters and vendors from around
The Ohio Scottish Games
One very special activity unique to these Games is the distribution
of "passports" to the visiting public. The public is then encouraged
to visit the Clan and Society tents to obtain a "stamp".
The People We
- Jack McLaughlin, Presedent of the CMANA from 1993 through 1996, receives a
Official Greeting commemorating Clan Maclachlan's
being chosen as the Honored Clan. The greeting was signed by Governor George V.
Voinovich. The presentation was made Saturday morning during the 1994 Ohio
- Jack McLaughlin and Immediate Past President Bob McLaughlin
pose during the 1994 festivities.
- Jack McLaughlin open's the Clan MacLachlan Association's
1994 Annual Membership Meeting at Mountain Jack's in Elyria, Ohio. Marge
McLaughlin and Betty Jacobs look on. This annual gathering was
the first to be held away from the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
Clan MacLachlan was featured as the Honored Clan during the Games.
- Sara Gilchrist brought great pride to her Clan during their
Annual Membership Meeting as she won her dancing competitions.
- Terri and Bill Loflin are seen as the 1994 Annual Membership Meeting begins.
Bill, the Gulf Central Regional Commissioner, received the 1994 Caber
Award for his outstanding efforts as a representative of Clan
MacLachlan. He and his family attend festivals and games thoughout the
CMANA's Gulf Central Region (Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana).
- One of Clan MacLachlan's own demonstrates her weaving skills.
- Tom McLaughlin, a piper from Indiana, PA, placed during the
1996 OSG Piping Competitions. Afterwards, he stopped by to share
his success and have this photo taken.
- In 1996, Clan MacLachlan was visited by one of the participants in the Harp
Workshop held during the week that follows the Games. Clan members were treated
to a wonderful afternoon concert.
- Cathy Gilchrist is caught entertaining two wee bairns as she takes a moment to
rest. Tom McLaughlan watches the athletics as he too takes a moment to pause.
- Cathy Gilchrist and her oldest daughter enjoying themselves during the
1996 CMANA Regional Clan Dinner. This dinner has been held anually in conjunction with
the Ohio Scottish Games at Mountain Jacks in Elyria, Ohio, since 1994.
The Places We
- In 1991, Clan MacLachlan returned to Ohio after after a few years hiatus. When
this photo was taken, in June of 1992, the Association had decided it needed to return
annually. This was no simple endavor as assembling the tent alone took around 90
minutes with another 60 to 90 minutes to complete the internal setup.
- In 1994, Clan MacLachlan was asked to be the Games first Honored Clan. To
celebrate this honor, Clan MacLachlan chose to hold their first Annual Meeting
away from Grandfather Mountain in Ohio. The weather proved to be a challenge
- record heat up and down the Eastern Seaboard for the two weeks prior to the
Games with a major cold front passing through during the Games. A bone chilling
breeze blew in from off Lake Erie throughout the day.
- By 1995, Clan MacLachlan had switched to the more easily ported "EZ-Up" tents.
Here, Michaele Finegan and her daughters pose while the prepare their tent
for the day's visitors.
- In 1996, the heavy display boards were replaced by folding shelves. While a
good idea in principle, these too proved to be a challenge to carry from
event to event.
- Clan MacLachlan's decision in 1997 to replace the heavy boards with overhead
panels made from flag nylon produced an Award Winning display. Clan MacLachlan
was presented the Best Tent Award during the
Games for their presentation, friendliness and knowledge. The Clan's wild
haggis looks on as Michaele Finegan and her daughter pose.
- Early in 1998, Clan MacLachlan found the tent tops they had used for four years
needed to be replaced. After a brief discussion with the manufacturer on available
colors and maintaining a cool temperature, Clan MacLachlan opted for the cooler
blue tops. The tops did indeed turn out to be cooler on this rather toasty
The Things We
See And Do!
- The 1992 Caber Toss competition as seen from the Clan MacLachlan tent.
- Jim Finegan helps a visitor during the 1997 Games. Jim and his wife
Michaele welcome all who stop by. They are always willing to discuss the Clan's
history and assist others in finding which clan a particular name
is associated with.
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This page was last updated on June 17, 2011.
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