Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games 2017

Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games 2017

I am in awe of families who travel abroad with little ones in tow. I get inspired by their stories and photos and start thinking to myself that I want to go on an adventure to somewhere across the world with my husband and sons. Then I take a trip to the grocery store with my 2 year old and 6 month old and it about does me in and I wonder what I was thinking! Although we’ll be holding off on visiting any foreign countries for now it doesn’t mean we can’t teach our children about different cultures in the meantime.

Utah has a host of cultural festivals each year. This weekend the Scottish Festival is taking place at the Utah State Fair Park. Our family was excited for the chance to go and experience some wonderful music, food, and dancing.

Everyone at the festival was so friendly! We started out the evening by walking around the fairgrounds visiting the different clans. People were eager to tell us stories from their family history and share the details about their memorabilia on display.

We saw a girl dressed as Merida and she was so sweet to stop and talk with kids and take  photos. My toddler just learned to say yellow and he was thrilled when Merida showed him her arrows and one was yellow. He kept talking about those “yell-yo” feathers he saw at the festival. It’s the little things.

How special to be married in a dress that represents your heritage!

There were lots of vendors and they were selling everything from kilts to swords.

There is a booth where you can learn about your surname. Although we aren’t Scottish, we were able to find some connections to a clan.

The festival schedule is packed with piping and drumming, musical entertainment, dance competitions, and Highland games. We were told the Massed Bands on Saturday during the Opening Ceremonies is not to be missed!

The fairgrounds have bathrooms with changing tables, drinking fountains, and a water station for filling water bottles. There was covered seating for the stages. We were glad to have our stroller with us because the festival covers a large area and it kept our little ones shaded.

You won’t need to worry about going hungry. There were several food vendors and everything from the Scottish Pie Shop and the Welsh Baker looked especially delicious!

We were all so impressed by the “Heavy Events!”

Having danced most of my life, I always look forward to watching the dancers at festivals such as this one. Although I never studied Highland dancing, as a child I remember seeing Ghillie shoes in a dance catalog and wishing so badly that I had a pair!

Having danced most of my life, I always look forward to watching the dancers at festivals such as this one. Although I never studied Highland dancing, as a child I remember seeing Ghillie shoes in a dance catalog and wishing so badly that I had a pair!

My favorite part of the festival was seeing all the kilts. Even babies and dogs were showing off their Scottish pride! It was people watching at it’s finest. I guess I was too busy taking it all in to stop and take photos of all the kilts. Looks like you’ll just have to go to the Scottish Festival this weekend to see them for yourself!

Thanks for the article Mandi!

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Visitor Info

Hours: 
June 9th 5pm-9pm June 10th 9am-9pm June 11th 9am-5pm
Helpful Tips: 
  • Parking available at the fairgrounds for $5.
  • We were able to find street parking nearby.
  • Bathrooms with changing tables and drinking fountains.
  • Covered seating near the stages and trees scattered about but not much shade other than that. We were glad to have hats, sunscreen, and our stroller for shade.
  • Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets can only be purchased upon entry.
  • Visit www.utahscots.org for festival schedule.

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