Spokane Scottish Highland Games

August 2, 2014-August 2, 2014

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Festival features Scottish traditions such as bagpipe bands, highland dancing, children’s games and heavy athletic contests, Celtic music and merchants, Gaelic lessons, kids games and more. Join in the tug-o-war, shortbread, Scottish-themed photo, the Robert Burns poetry slam, Knobbly Knees and Stout Calves contest. Highland Dancers from across the region and Canada will compete at the Spokane Highland Games, a Scottish cultural event. Dances include the Highland Fling/Reel, the Sword Dance and more. Attendees can watch the beginner to premier dance competitions from 9 a.m.-noon. Celebrating Scottish heritage with bagpipe and drumming competitions and contemporary Celtic music bands. Opening ceremonies begin at noon and features five regional bagpipe bands playing in unison. This festival provides a unique glimpse into Scotland’s history with heritage demonstrations and traditional music. The children’s games begin at 1 p.m. and teaches children how to toss a caber and other kid-sized athletic events. Face painting, balloon swords and kid’s kilt-making ongoing throughout the day. Celtic Ensemble Tra le Gael, with lightning fast hammered dulcimer, sprightly Celtic harp, driving guitar and soaring flute and whistles Tra le Gael, a Celtic ensemble from the Flathead Valley, entertains audiences with energetic jigs, reels and ballads. Bring your best rendition of a poem by Robert Burns to the Spokane Highland Games, a Scottish festival. Robert Burns, the national poet and lyricist of Scotland, is celebrated world-wide. His poetry is fun to recite and past participants have contributed very entertaining performances. Visit www.spokanehighlandgames.org for more information.

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley
$10/adults, $8/seniors and youth, $5/children age four and younger
(509) 927-0023
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