**Updated for 2017**
Last year, we attended the Highland Games and Scottish Festival, one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest, and we had so much fun learning about the Scottish culture. In fact, it’s become one of our favorite family festivals.
- Eat, eat, eat! We were able to try a variety of Scottish food like haggis and Scottish toffee pudding.
- Seeing animals we don’t see very often. We were able to get up close and personal to highland cattle.
- Fun kids activities including a “train,” bounce houses, and mini golf.
- Lots of room to run about.
- Learn about different clans.
- Seeing traditional Scottish games like a Caber Toss (flipping 20-foot, 140-pound tree trunk), the 22-pound Hammer Throw, the Sheaf Toss (flipping a bale of hay over a high bar) and the Clachnert
- Traditional and unique cultural events like live Celtic music, bag pipes, Highland Dance contests
- Shopping! Scottish wares, goodies, swords (real and wooden), and even kilts.
- Proceeds benefit a good cause. Prices may be a little more expensive but rest assured that your money is benefitting the Scottish Home in North Riverside, which provides assisted living and nursing care for seniors since 1910. Their current mission is to build a new structure for Alzheimer’s care.
We highly recommend attending this festival if you like learning about different cultures. So neat trying different foods, hearing bagpipes played and watching the Highland Games being played.
Tips to enjoy the Scottish Festival and Highland Games:
- Bring a picnic blanket or chairs. Lots of grass to lay down, eat food, and relax.
- Wear your kilt. Believe me, you won’t be the only one.
- Read more about this year’s Scottish Festival and Highland Games from the Daily Herald.