Local Scots will be kicking up their tartans hoisting and tossing such things as logs, stones, and even haggis, during Gatlinburg’s 29th annual Scottish Festival and Games, May 14-16 at Mills Park.
The event, which carries a small daily fee, has become a local favorite for its cultural uniqueness will begin with a parade down the parkway in Gatlinburg at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 14. All Scots are invited to participate in the parade, which is followed by a gala reception at the Quality Inn Creekside.
On Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Mills Park, the Scottish Games will feature professional and amateur athletes competing in many different events including tossing the Scottish haggis, turning the caber, Highland wrestling and the manhood stones.
On Sunday, beginning at 1:45 p.m., the festival will commence with its first ever Scottish dog parade and talent show. The parade and talent show is open to anyone who purchases a ticket and brings their dog on a short leash.
Cutthroat Shamrock, Colin Grant-Adams, Albannach and Thistledown Tinkers are among the entertainment during the popular two-day festival.
There will be an assortment of pipe and drum bands competing in individual and band events for prize money, competition of dozens of Highland dancers from across the country and border collie demonstrations. More than 30 Scottish Clans will be on hand to assist visitors in finding their heritage. At least 20 vendors will offer wares ranging from Scottish clothing to a sampling of Scottish foods.
For more information or the schedule of events for the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games, visit www.gsfg.org or call 865-368-2543.