Modern Scottish Festivals began in the middle ages. Athletic competition, “Games”, were a normal occurrence when people gathered together at fairs, military musters, and even funerals. Scottish games how we know them today began in 1781 when the Highland Society of Falkirk sponsored prize money and trophies for competitions in dancing, piping, and athletics during the town’s fall fair. As Scot’s immigrated, they took their sport and culture with them. The games in the United States have grown because many people of Scottish descent still feel the pull of their ancestral homeland and heritage.
The events during the festival include, but are not limited to; heavy athletics, highland dancing, pipe bands, historical encampment, ultra 5K trail race, kilted races, battle axe, long bow, children’s activities, and live music. For a full schedule and list of events for the next games, be sure to check the website! www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net
Tickets for the festival are available online and at the event. The next Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Each year brings new live music and entertainment to the festival. Every Highland Games Festival offers something different than the previous year, so each time you visit it will be a new experience!
No dogs or other animals, except service animals
Folding chairs and camp chairs are allowed, just no large umbrellas or tents
Rain or shine, the events will happen
There will be a variety of food and drink vendors for visitors to choose from. In addition to food we are accustom to, there will be vendors serving traditional Scottish food. This will allow visitors to try some of the authentic flavors of Scotland and take part in another aspect of the heritage.
1. Get the Family Together and Go! This is such a family friendly event and will be fun for visitors of all ages.
2. Try some Authentic Food. With the Scottish food vendors being present at the festival you will want to try some of the traditional flavor.
3. Participate! Feel free to dress up and make the day that much more memorable.
4. Watch the Games. There will be athletic competitions of all kinds and you will not want to miss the excitement!