Glasgow Highland Games

The Glasgow Highland Games are a regional highland games and Scottish heritage celebration held annually in and near Glasgow, Kentucky. The main festival grounds are located at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, about 13 miles from Glasgow, while most other events are held in the city proper. Glasgow is named for Glasgow, the country's largest city, the area was settled by Scots-Irish immigrants; the area has long celebrated its Scottish heritage in many ways, most notably with the "Scotties" athletic teams of Glasgow High School and its Glasgow Scottie Band, which has long marched in full Scottish regalia with bagpipes. But a full-fledged formal celebration of all things Scottish did not take place until 1986, when the first Glasgow Highland Games was held. Since that time, the event has expanded to include the traditional highland games in professional and amateur competitions, a Ceilidh and highland dancing contests, displays by dozens of Scottish clans, vendors of Scottish merchandise, much more.

The festival grounds has expanded to include two separate competition fields. The games are held on the weekend following Memorial Day each year; the Glasgow Highland Games are one of three highland games held each year in Kentucky, along with the Kentucky Scottish Weekend in Carrollton and the Western Kentucky Highland Festival in Murray. Glasgow Highland Games web site U. S. SCOTS listing of highland games in Kentucky

Ralph Evinrude

Ralph S. Evinrude was an American business magnate best known for being the Chairman of Outboard Marine Corporation, the husband of singer and entertainer Frances Langford. Evinrude was born in Wisconsin to Bess and Ole Evinrude. Evinrude's father had emigrated from Norway in 1882 and had developed the first commercially feasible outboard motor, thus creating a new industry and form of recreation. In 1927, Evinrude joined the family firm, Elto Outboard Motor Company after two years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Ole Evinrude died on July 12, 1934 and Ralph Evinrude took over running the company. In 1936, Elto Outboard Motor Company merged with Waukegan, Illinois-based Johnson Motor Company to form Outboard Marine Corporation. In 1936, the Board of Directors of OMC elected Evinrude director. In 1953, he was elected vice chairman of the chairman of OMC's Executive Committee, he became chairman of OMC in 1963. During his 55-year career in the family business, Evinrude collaborated with manufacturing giants such as Milwaukee based Briggs and Stratton, expanded the company's product line to include boats, lawn mowers, snow mobiles and chain saws, expanded operations worldwide.

In 1982 when Evinrude retired as chairman, OMC had more than 9,000 persons employed in operations throughout the world. Evinrude was married 3 times. Evinrude’s first wife died Ralph and Marion had 2 children Thomas born 1933 and Sally. Second wife, Joan "Bobbe" Everett in Lake Forest, Illinois in December 1951. Evinrude had 2 children and Sally. In 1955, shortly after his divorce from his 2nd wife, Evinrude married 3rd wife, Frances Langford and moved to her estate in Jensen Beach, Florida, they shared interests in business and boating and spent much of their time aboard their 118-foot yacht Chanticleer. They opened. Evinrude and Langford maintained a cottage on a small island at the east end of Baie Fine, a fiord on the north shore of Georgian Bay, in Lake Huron, in what is now Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Chanticleer was seen tied up at the island during the summer. During his working years and during retirement, Evinrude supported a wide variety of philanthropic activities.

Some of his interests focused on Florida and the marine industry, but others benefited Milwaukee-area hospitals, institutions of higher education and the arts. Evinrude died at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida at the age of 78. OMC has a test center in Stuart which bears his name