Kilts and crafts: The Highlander Festival

If you happened to miss the Highlanders Festival this time around or have never been, here are the highlights. This year, people showed up right at the start and began to explore the festival in Bisset Park. The crowd was mostly made up of college students with a few family members mixed in and a lot of dogs.

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“Live Scottish music could be heard all over the festival and many were dancing as they walked around.” Photo By: Kathleen Gibson

Live Scottish music could be heard all over the festival and many were dancing as they walked around. The music incorporated pan flute, guitar, and fiddle. As time went on, the music became more contemporary. After walking around for a while, some people got hungry, but no one panicked because there was plenty of food. The options included pizza, chips, and sandwiches.

A food truck was there as well. It served Celtic food like shepherd pie, Scottish BBQ, and even Haggis. While eating, people were able to go and watch the Highlander Games. There were feats of strength like the hammer throw and log twirling. Some people couldn’t complete the game that included lifting and spinning a large log around in their arms. However, it was very impressive when some managed to do it.

After watching the sporting-type of events and the sheep herding, there were also crafts to participate in. At the crafts table people made objects out of brown papers bags. They made hats, kilts, swords, and shields. There were also markers to color them and finish their designs.

Other places to visit were the scents booth, and Walk About Sally. “Sally’s” sells hippie wear, like tie-dye clothing, dream catchers, earrings, gloves, accessories, and crystals. There were also many jewelry tables that sold very unique jewelry, decently priced. Some jewelry was also hammered, which creates an interesting shiny, textured look.

The festival even had a kids table where children could play with toys and building blocks. Overall, the festival had fun opportunities for everyone. Collectors could visit neat booths with weapons being sold. Ornate daggers were set out on tables. Some of them were ceremonial and really, really heavy. Being at the festival also made some realize just how much enthusiasm surrounds it. There are more Scottish roots in this area than you’d think. If you like shopping and the rest of the above-mentioned things, come on down next year!