Grab your kilt and go Scottish Festival returns to Quechee

The Pipes and Drums of Saint Andrews lead the Clans during opening ceremonies at a previous Scottish Festival. Photo courtesy of Cedric Farrow

The Pipes and Drums of Saint Andrews lead the Clans during opening ceremonies at a previous Scottish Festival. Photo courtesy of Cedric Farrow

Plan to attend the 42nd annual Scottish Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8am-4:30pm at the Polo Field in Quechee. Attendees will not want to miss the traditional Scottish pipe bands that will play in massed band formation at 11:30am and again for closing ceremonies at 4:30pm. There will also be a Grade IV and V pipe band competition and a solo piping competition.
In addition to piping all day long, a highlight of the festival is the Vermont Championship Sheepdog Trials. This thrilling event demonstrates the fantastic communication between handler and dog, both intent on herding a flock of unruly sheep through a series of gates into pens.
Other attractions include a full day of Scottish nostalgia and entertainment including Scottish balladeers, fiddling, and modern Scottish music including Prydein, Frost & Fire, the Brendan Carey Block Band, and Fifth Business. Over 100 young dancers from all over the Northeast and Canada will be competing in the Highland Dance Competition. Representatives from over 50 Clans Societies will be on hand for those looking to research their Scottish roots.
Have a hankering for Scottish meat pies, haggis, or fish & chips? Then the festival is the place to be. Not keen on haggis? American food such as hamburgers and ice cream will be available, along with liquid refreshments. In addition, carefully selected vendors will sell Scottish tartans, recordings, scarves, gifts, craft items, and Scottish antiques.
Attendees will also enjoy the traditional heavy-weight Highland athletic events, such as tossing the caber, tossing the sheath, tug-of-war and putting the stone. Spectators may participate in the ladies rolling pin toss, the kilted mile race (all participants must wear the kilt), plus children’s games and races are planned.
Proceeds from the Festival will benefit the St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship Foundation which provides funds to worthy applicants, many of whom study Scottish dance, bagpiping, genealogy, history, and Scottish heritage.
Admission for this all-day family event is $15 for adults, $10 for children 5-12. Children under 5 are free. The festival will be held rain or shine. Free parking is available. Gates open at 8am, opening ceremonies begin at 11am. No dogs please.