Correspondent

PLEASANTON -- Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to take part in the 148th annual Scottish Highland Gathering and Games this weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The two-day event, which started Saturday, opens Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. The fairgrounds is at 4501 Pleasanton Ave.

The event includes top athletes, including world champions, competing in the "heavy events" that include caber tossing, weight for height, weight for distance, light hammer and braemer stone events. Those events begin at 8:30 a.m.

The day's events include music from world-class pipe and drum bands. Opening ceremonies are held at 12:30 p.m. in front of the main grandstands. There are also sheep dog trials; rugby and shinty; a Clydesdale horse team; highland cattle; soccer; a British motorcar cavalcade; the kilted mile race; living history re-enactments and activities for kids.

There are also four stages with live music, ranging from Celtic rock to single balladeers; 29 pipe bands will also perform. Live dancing is also on tap.

Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for students ages 12-17, those 65 and older and the disabled. Kids 11 and younger and military members with active duty ID get in free. Parking is $8.

For details, go to www.thescottishgames.com.