The Utah Scottish Association will host the 38th annual Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games June 8 and 9 in Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point.
Guests are immersed in a full display of Scottish culture, traditions and demonstrations, including several bagpipe bands, Highland dance, gathering of the clans, Highland athletics, traditional music and food.
The festival's hours are 5 p.m.-10p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. -10p.m. on Saturday, Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.Utahscots.org or at the gates. Children 11 and younger are free, when accompanied by an adult. Utah Scottish Association members get in free. Adult admission is $15. Students (12-18) and senior (65 plus) tickets are $10 each. Price includes both days. On Saturday there will be a concert only ticket available for $8.
Vibrant tartans will be plentiful as 35-40 clans gather, celebrating many centuries of heritage, lore, and tradition. More than 50 Highland dancers from around the region will compete in ancient dances like the Highland Fling, and the Sword Dance.
Crowd favorites The Wicked Tinkers and Molly's Revenge will play during the day Saturday and present an evening concert. Five or six Utah traditional Scots musical groups will perform on the Food Court Stage. Electric Park will be filled with more music as bagpipe bands and soloists also practice and compete. Children's activities and Highland Games will be ongoing during Saturday events.
Athletics kick off Friday afternoon with an all ages Strongman competition. Saturday's Highland Games events include the12th annual U.S. National Sheaf Toss Championships, elite Pro Highland athletes from across the U.S. and Canada, plus over 50 regional amateur competitors including women Highland athletes.
Saturday noon all pipe bands unite for Massed Bands on the Tattoo Field. Vendors will be open at 5 p.m. Friday until after closing ceremonies Saturday. Access and parking have been reconfigured so turn left at the second stoplight west of the freeway. Electric Park is on the left.
Disney-Pixar will have a booth to promote the new movie "Brave," set in ancient Scotland. The lassie portrayed in the animated feature typifies why the land is called Scotland the Brave.
For schedules, information, tickets and photo gallery see www.Utahscots.org.