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34th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games
The Chicago Scots invite everyone to be Scottish at the 34th annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, a free, family-friendly event on Saturday, August 1. Held virtually for the first time since its inception, the Virtual Scottish Festival & Highland Games will keep its 34-year tradition alive and thriving, while keeping the safety of all patrons and participants of the upmost importance during this time. Free to join in, all guests are invited to watch via Facebook Live, while also being encouraged to make a monetary donation before and/or during the event.
This year’s event will will feature a variety of demonstrations and performances for everyone to enjoy:
Shortbread Baking with Award Winning Chef Gary Maclean– Learn how to make a Scottish delicacy with a live demonstration from National Chef of Scotland and MasterChef UK winner Gary Maclean as he shares his famous hazelnut shortbread recipe. Plus, learn how to make the Scottish Home shortbread with a special demonstration from the next generation of Chicago Scots members!
Scottish Heavy Athletics– Nine contests of strength, balance, timing and concentration including the iconic caber toss. Competing this year are some of the most accomplished and decorated competitors across the country!
Highland Dancers – Featuring intricate dance routines in traditional Scottish attire, two schools of Highland Dancers will perform their finest sequences for all to enjoy.
Bagpiping – Pipe bands Chicago Stockyard and Chicago Highlanders, both celebrating 100 years this year, will perform a selection of Scottish tunes, followed by an interview with the President of the MidWest Pipe Band Association, Jim Sim.
Dogs of Scotland –Enjoy seeing some of your favorite Dogs of Scotland in an impressive agility demonstration!
History of the Highland Games in America – Learn about the history of the Highland Games with the Scottish-American History Forum. Plus, learn more about Robert the Bruce, the Chicago Scots’ first Heroes for Heroes, and discover the connection to Queen Elizabeth via a Genealogy Group.
Plus, participants are encouraged to visit their Virtual Marketplace during the event for a selection of exclusive virtual experiences to purchase, including custom birthday messages, a fun tutorial on Highland Dancing, and more, along with Highland Games swag all in support of the Chicago Scots mission.
Registration is free for all on Eventbrite, with additional Supporter Tickets at the $100 or $500 level also available to purchase. The Virtual Scottish Festival & Highland Games will be held on the Chicago Scots Facebook Page. For more information, please visit scottishfestivalchicago.org or call (708) 426-7111.