Whigmaleerie Day to celebrate Wilsonville’s Scottish heritage

Published 2:16 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2011

By BRAD GASKINS / Staff Writer

WILSONVILLE – Wilsonville honors its Scottish heritage Oct. 29 with Whigmaleerie Day, a second annual event celebrating the town’s past, present and future.

Held downtown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event features town exhibits, a music festival stage, children’s rides, a Revolutionary War Camp and re-enactment, antique vehicles, local vendors, a chili cooking contest and bagpipers.

The founder of Wilsonville, John Wilson, was Scottish.

Wilsonville Mayor Rosemary Liveoak said it’s important for current residents to know the town’s history and embrace its heritage.

“It’s remembering your past and appreciating it while we live in the present,” Liveoak said. “To me, you’ve got to know your roots. I think that’s important.

“They’ve got to know where they came from to relate to the present day and plan for the future. It’s part of life.”

The Alabama Pipes and Drums organization from Birmingham will play at noon. Liveoak said the hour-long performance is the highlight of the day.

About 400 people and 45 vendors attended the inaugural Whigmaleerie Day in September 2010. Organizers, including the Wilsonville Civitan Club, moved this year’s event back a month hoping for cooler temperatures.

The deadline is Oct. 21 to register as a vendor or for the chili-cooking contest. For more information, call Wilsonville Town Hall at 669-6180.