Highland Games - Athletics Info
Children's Games & Activities
Schedule of Events
Mark Your Calendar!
~ Twenty Third Annual ~
Kalamazoo Scottish Festival &
Saturday August 22, 2015
3663 S. 9th Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association
The Kalamazoo Pipe Band will be on hand, performing several times throughout the day. The band performs regularly at festivals, parades, and private and community events. Ask them about pipe & drum lessons. Don't miss the iconic sound of the pipes!
Kalamazoo Royal Scottish Country Dancers will also perform several times throughout the day. This is the traditional social dancing shared across all classes and areas of Scotland. For more information about the Scottish Country Dancers group, see their Facebook Page.
Mel Pellerito of Driven Dog Training is again bringing us her Border Collies. There will be agility & herding demonstrations throughout the day.
The Harpers Circle will be on hand, making beautiful music throughout the day. They play the traditional Scottish Clarsach. This is a small harp with no levers or pedals. They will be creating the traditional Scottish harper's circle where traditional Scottish tunes are played and shared. For more information about the Harpers Circle group, email John Kuch at email@example.com .
Also joining us again this year will be the Weaver's Guild of Kalamazoo. Some of Scotland's most treasured exports have their origin in wee cottages, where proud and highly skilled artisans spin and weave to produce such goods as Harris Tweeds, Shetland woolens, and intricate tartans. The talented folks of the Weaver's Guild will be demonstrating all day, and will have some products on display at the tent. They'll be right by the Harpers, so listen for the music to find them.
With events for both men and women, the Highland Games have their roots in ancient times when men came together in informal contests of strength to keep in shape for clan warfare or defense. It is also said that The Games are the predecessor of today's North American track & field events. At any rate, The Games today are an exciting part of many Scottish gatherings around the world!
Events for 2015:
Stone Throw - Sheaf Toss - Light Hammer Toss - Heavy Hammer Toss - Caber Toss
Weight for Height - Light Weight for Distance - Heavy Weight for Distance
It takes a LOT of volunteers to pull off the Festival! If you and your friends or family would like to have a fun time helping us create a fantastic event, check out our Volunteer Page.
We Need You!
Clan tents are an opportunity to mix and mingle, greet and hang out with those who share a common ancestry, or to explore your ancestry.
Attending Clans for 2015: List coming soon!
Schedule of Events
Main Field Pavilion Children’s Area
9:00 a.m. Festival Opens Children’s Games Open
9:30 a.m. Welcome
Posting of the Colors
Kalamazoo Pipe Band
10:30 a.m. Border Collie Agility Demo/Show
11:30 a.m. Kalamazoo Scottish
12:00 p.m. Calling of the Clans
William Wallace Day Remembrance
Ladies Haggis Toss **
Men’s Keg Toss **
12:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Pipe Band
1:30 p.m. Border Collie Agility Demo/Show
2:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Scottish
3:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Pipe Band
4:00 p.m. Athletic Awards Presentations
** Open to the public
All Day Long
Heavy Events on the Athletics Field
Harpers’ Circle, north of the athletic games
Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo Demonstrations , north of the athletic games
Food vending will be by the KSFA Meat Pie Wagon, otherwise known as The Wagon. Featuring traditional Scottish fare, we'll have meat pies & bridies, scones, beverages, & more! This year we are adding hotdogs as well. Our festival offers free admission, so this is an important source of funds to keep us going from year to year. Please come hungry!
Goods vendors listed here soon!
The wee bairns are invited to the Children's Field for special games and activities all day long! Come try our smaller versions of the caber toss and the haggis toss, hit the castle with a catapult, decorate a targe, have your face painted, make a fairy crown, and more!
Don't miss the Ladies Haggis Toss &
Mens Keg Toss during the athlete's lunch break. Open to anyone who wants to try!
See you on the field!