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Fergus Pipe Band hosting not-so-traditional Robbie Burns celebration

All haggis will be addressed virtually for the celebration of the Scottish poet
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The Fergus Pipe Band seen playing at Riverfest in Elora. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday file photo

FERGUS – A celebration of the Scottish poet is going virtual for this year's Robbie Burns Day.

The Fergus Pipe Band and friends are presenting a “not-so-traditional” Burns Night celebration that runs all weekend.  

The Burns Night web page says no tickets are required this year and all content is freely available on their website.

“Thanks to some wonderful volunteers and organizations, the event is available right here, free of charge, for all to enjoy,” the page reads.  

Included will be a traditional reading of “Address to a Haggis” delivered by John Campbell, entertainment by the FPB and a musical guest appearance by Scottish celtic rock band Skerryvore. 

While traditionally a Burns Supper is held on Jan. 25, the content will be available starting Jan. 23 at noon and will be up until Jan. 25 at midnight. 

The Brew House on the Grand is offering a special traditional Burns Supper on Monday and Fergies Fine Foods also has a special dinner available all weekend. 

“Robbie Burns Day is always a fun time here in Fergus,” reads a Facebook post by the Brew House. “This year is obviously going to be different but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate.

Videos can be viewed here starting Saturday.