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Spokane Scottish Highland Games

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.