Grab your kilt and your Tam O’Shanter and head on over to the Colorado Scottish Festival, which takes place August 10 and 11, 2013 at Highland Heritage Park in Highlands Ranch near Denver. What makes this year’s gathering a wee bit more special is that it’s the 50th anniversary. Every August since 1963, folks have been enjoying a veritable smorgasbord of traditional Highland games, which date all the way back to 1819 when they took place at Lord Gwydir’s Perthshire estate. The activities back then ranged from piping and dancing to athletics and they’re not too different at this contemporary version. You’ll also be able to savor Scottish food and drink and enjoy traditional music courtesy of many fine musicians, such as Angus Mohr, Colorado’s own Celtic rock band. And if you’ve got any Scots in your family, you can check out your past at the Scots’ Heritage Centre where you’ll have access to a wealth of genealogy and clan history information.
Special events abound at the Colorado Scottish Festival and you’re bound to find them all quite charming. The massed pipes and drums with a parade of clans, British dogs, and historical re-enactors takes place at noon on both days. One of the most popular features is the awesome array of competitions that include solo piping, drumming, and band along with Scottish athletics and Highland dancing. Additionally, you’ll be treated to a classic British car display, Morris Dancers, Scottish country dancing, a free haggis tasting, games for kids, a bonnie knees contest, and the always entertaining Kirkin’ of the Tartan. You’ll also have an opportunity to purchase authentic Celtic merchandise from a variety of vendors. Find out more information at www.scottishgames.org.