Scottish Festival to Hold Soccer Shoot-Out
and Impromptu Soccer Clinic
Saturday August 17th and the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts 5th annual Foxburg Scottish Festival Day at RiverStone Farm in Foxburg are fast approaching. This year will feature for the first time an exciting and fun Soccer Shoot-Out and Impromptu Soccer Clinic. Conducting the clinics and coordinating the shoot-out will Greg Liebenguth co-founder of the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy. His partner at PSA is Rich Costanzo of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Mr. Liebenguth grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. He was Captain of the 2003 PA state champions (AA) at Thomas Jefferson High School and a star player on the James Madison University Varsity Soccer team in Virginia. He now coaches soccer in the Pittsburgh area and shares coaching duties with Riverhounds Rich Costanzo at the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy. The PSA strives to give soccer players the opportunity to reach their full potential. At the Foxburg Festival Greg welcomes the chance to share skills with young players in a relaxed setting. The shoot-out should be a fun event giving soccer enthusiasts from 6 to 16 a chance to score a goal and be eligible to win assorted prizes in a drawing held after the event. For the Shoot-Out there will be a charge of three balls for a dollar. The impromptu Soccer Clinic is free. There is a festival gate fee charge of Adults- $ 10, for young people- 6 to 12 $ 5, and children under 6 are free. There will be two Clinics and shoot-out events at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Each Clinic will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes immediately followed by a shoot-out. Participants are asked to register before each clinic time. Registration at the festival will begin an hour before, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. On line registration will be possible after August 10th at GoFoxburg. com.
Soccer is only one many entertaining events that are scheduled throughout the Festival on Saturday at RiverStone Farm. The MacDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh will open the games and festival and will be heard throughout the day. Carl Peterson will headline the music entertainment along with Bob Murdoch the Scottish tenor in the Music Grove. The music group The Celtic Martins will play in the afternoon and in concert Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in Lincoln Hall, in downtown Foxburg. Again there will be a Solo Piper competition, Patrick Regan piper and instructor/entertainer will judge the Solo events. An expanded highland dance group will be joining the other music entertainers. The Crazy Piper and the Plaid Chameleons will also be on the grounds as well as the Scottish Tartan juggler and a working blacksmith. The Scottish dogs will have their day as there will sheep herding demonstrations and an obedience/agility ring for Scottish dogs. If it should rain not to worry many of the activities will move indoors. There will also be Athletic Competitions including the tabor toss, golf closest to the pin game, face painting, story-telling, Scottish food, visiting clans, vendors, carriage rides, and more. It promises to be a great family day at picturesque RiverStone Farm, again the gate fee for adults is $ 10.00, children 6 to 12 $ 5.00, and children under 6 are free. For more festival information visit ARCA’s website: alleghenyriverstone.org, or call 412-867-1816.
A reminder the Scottish Festival opens Friday night, August 16th, on the Foxburg Green at 7:00 PM with a “Traditional Ceilidh” featuring the Scottish fellows Peterson, Murdoch, Regan, and the Maidens IV.