Festival Details - "58th Annual Colorado Scottish Festival"...
Start: Saturday, August 6, 2022 9:00AM
End: Sunday, August 7, 2022 5:00PM
The Colorado Scottish Festival Returns to Citizen’s Park in Edgewater, Colorado, August 6-7, 2022!
We are proud to celebrate the St. Andrew Society's 58th year of bringing Scotland to your own backyard with this special summer event.
Presented by the St. Andrew Society of Colorado, the festival is a family-oriented, family-friendly event. Although the flavor is Scottish, the festival offers something for all cultures and every age group.
The festival is being held at Citizen’s Park, 5401 W 22nd Ave., in Edgewater, Colorado. This event provides an excellent opportunity to explore several interesting aspects of Scottish culture, traditions and history, while nourishing the community with a variety of experiences.
Competitions will be held in Scottish athletics, piping and drumming, as well as Highland dance. There will also be demonstrations of traditional Irish Step Dancing. Watch athletes vie for prizes, listen to pipers play and see dancers jiggin to the enjoyment of everyone. There will be a special Scottish dance performance and lecture from guest, Beret Dernbach, the 2019 World Junior Highland Dance Champion. The festival will also feature Clan Tents, where you’ll find plaid-clad docents eager to share their respective history. They will help attendees piece together the twigs and branches of a family tree, trace lineages back to ancient Scottish roots and locate your clan’s unique tartan.
There will be vendors selling all manner of Scottish and Celtic merchandise and crafts. In addition to food vendors, savor John Shields’ famous haggis prepared by Chef Jeremy, grab yourself a “bellywasher” at the beer tent, or for a bit of great craic, sample a wee dram at one of our Whisky Tastings. Our very popular Whisky Tastings provide participants the opportunity to explore and appreciate a variety of whisky flavors. Our sponsor for the tastings is Edrington Brands, the home of exceptional spirits. The instructions are fairly simple: “See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Savor, Repeat”. And as you go through the progression, our whisky concierge and tasting leader (or is that, “litre”?), Buz Dabkowski, will instruct you how to taste, judge flavor profiles, identify aromas and gain a better understanding of “the water of life”. Attendees can reserve a spot online or at the whisky tent on the event field.
Speaking of whisky, there will also be an online auction for a bottle of “Clan Fraser Reserve” whisky from Border's Distillery in Hawick, Scotland. The bottle is signed by the author of the Outlander books and tv series, Diana Gabaldon. The bottle, donated by Clarke Simm, is accompanied by a photo of Diana signing her autograph.
Observe Highland life from the time of William Wallace through the Jacobite uprising in 1745 through the village setting of the Renaissance Scots Living History Association. The RenScots have been delighting Celtic festival guests with their re-enactments for 22 years. Besides sharing Scottish history, you’ll find demonstrations on heritage crafts such as weaving, leather working, basketmaking, blacksmithing, traditional culinary dishes and traditional Celtic folk music. And for a little more excitement, check out the fighting element of the RenScots, the Wolves of Dunvegan, a skilled display of ancient combat and swordsmanship. They’ll educate the public on their arsenal of broadswords, claymores and other assorted, historic weaponry (renscots.org).
Events of the first day will wrap up with a Highland Rock & Roll concert Saturday night featuring Colorado’s own, Angus Mohr (7-9 p.m., included with admission). Angus Mohr revitalizes traditional Celtic music’s brogue with an American blues accent while rejuvenating rock ’n roll’s broad spectrum with bagpipes and pennywhistles. But their set list is also peppered with songs penned by Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and the Ramones. Angus Mohr crosses musical boundaries to pull in a diverse audience where fans steeped in blue collar classic rock, hippies old and young, and grown-up metal heads dance to timeless music about timeless ideas (www.angusmohr.com).
Besides the concert, there will be plenty of traditional Scottish and Irish folk music provided by local folk musicians such as Skean Dubh, Down the Back Lane, Wolf Loescher, Gobs O’Phun and Avourneen. Other attractions include Dogs of the British Isles, the Thistle Club, and of course, there’s plenty of children’s activities and field events to keep your wee bairns excited and engaged. And dinnae forget to haste ye back on Sunday morning for the Kirkin’ of the Tartan, and afterwards car enthusiasts can check out a display of British cars.
We can use your help. As a non-profit organization, volunteers are crucial to the success of the Festival. Without this wonderful group of people, it just wouldn’t happen. If you would like to volunteer your time on the committee or at the Festival, please visit our website and let us know your interests and we’ll find the best fit for you.
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