Fresh off of the Chicago Games, we’re heading right back out to the road this weekend to Wellington, Ohio! These games mark the first contest I will be traveling to under the jurisdiction of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, which is the largest competitive authority in the United States both by geography and by population. To put its sheer size into perspective; Texas, Ohio, Florida, and Maine are all part of the EUSPBA.
This weekend also marks the first time in my life I will ever visit Ohio. The Ohio Games are at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, so that also means I get to drive through a large part of the state. More exciting (for me, anyway), is the fact that my brother Alasdair will be traveling up from North Carolina to compete in the Grade 1 solo competitions at Ohio.
I myself will not be performing on the solo circuit – I am sitting out solos until at least September. I will be traveling there because Fountain Trust is traveling to Ohio to test itself against Grade 3 bands who are not at the Midwest contests. This will be the band’s final contest until the Columbus Scottish Festival on September 9, 2017.
This contest will also hold the distinction of not having any of my students performing in the solo events, either. Wellington, Ohio is quite the long drive away from Bloomington, and because it is not a MidWest Pipe Band Association-sanctioned event, that also means it doesn’t count toward championship points for most of my students.