Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Chicago at the 25th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, June 17-18, 2011 at our NEW LOCATION, Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois. The festival is open to the public on Friday, June 17 from 4:00pm – 10:00pm and Saturday, June 18 from 8:00am – 9:00pm.(click bottom for more info) The CHICAGO SCOTS invite everyone to be Scottish for this weekend-long annual summer celebration. Offering an extensive array of unique Scottish traditions, revelry, and culture for the whole family! “This is the largest and best Scottish festival in the Midwest,” said Gus Noble, President of the CHICAGO SCOTS. “We pride ourselves on making families feel like they’ve been transported to Scotland for a weekend of fun while enjoying a unique opportunity to learn more about Scottish culture.” The festival kicks off Friday, June 17 with exhibits and vendors open from 4:00pm – 10:00pm. Friday evening highlights include: Highland Dance competition, Heavy Athletics Friday Night Fling, crowning of the Heather Queen and Court and a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee), a lively celebration of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, from 7:00-10:00pm on the Celtic rock stage.
The festival continues Saturday, June 18 from 8:00am – 9:00pm and features: Champion Supreme Piping and Drumming competition; Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship featuring traditional Scottish contests including the Caber Toss (flipping 20-foot, 140-pound tree trunk), the 22-pound Hammer Throw, the Sheaf Toss (flipping a bale of hay over a high bar) and the Clachnert (throwing a 16-pound river stone); Highland Dance competition; Rugby Sevens Highland Challenge; Coerver Cup 3v3 youth soccer tournament; Dogs of Scotland and other animal presentations; Genealogy and cultural exhibits; Parade of Clan Tartans; Children’s activities including mini golf, crafts and carnival attractions; and attendee competitions including the Kilted Mile Fun Run/Walk, British Car Show, Haggis Hurling Contest for women, Knobbly Knees contest for men, Haggis Eating Contest and Shortbread Contest. Attendees will also enjoy musical performances on the Celtic Rock Stage, Whisky tastings and seminars, traditional Scottish or American cuisine and shopping in the Celtic Marketplace. The festivities culminate with the Closing Ceremonies and Massed Bands Show, a breath-taking spectacle of 1,000 bagpipers and drummers, all joined in performing several traditional musical selections including Amazing Grace.
Friday-Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults $9.00
Saturday- Children ages 3-12 $3.00; Adults $14.00
Patron Weekend Pass-$70.00 This two-day pass includes entry into the festival, premier seating inside the Patron Tent, complimentary food and beverages, and a private access VIP Parking Pass.
Tickets purchased in advance will be held at Admission Gate Will Call.
The festival will be held at Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, Illinois which is located at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue.