Highlander Festival

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September 10th & 11th, 2016

FREE Admission - Don't pass up a whole weekend of Scottish and Celtic fun at the park!!!!


Experience a whole weekend of Scottish & Celtic culture, with the Avenue of Clans, Scottish craft & food vendors, Scottish music & competitions including a Scottish Shortbread Competition.

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

At beautiful Tam O'Shanter Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 the festivities begin.  Starting at 8:00 am with a Fun Run/Walk 5K road race, Highland Dance Competition, Silent Auction and Highland Games.  At 10:00 am please join us for the annual Highlander Festival Parade and the scone contest, which is held in the covered area at Tam O'Shanter Park.  Also beginning at 10:00 am join us for the Kelso Garden Club Flower Show "Journey Through The Highlands". The Shortbread contest begins at 11:00.  Just bring your special Shortbread recipe under the covered area at Tam O'Shanter Park between 11:00 and 1:00.  Judging begins at 1:00, and winners are announced at 3:00  At 12:30 the Openng Ceremonies & Parade of Clans begins on the field.  The Silent Auction begins at 5:00.

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

At 8:00 AM  please join us for the Kirkin' of the Tartan Worship Service at Tamo O'Shanter Park and again at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso at 206 Cowlitz Way.  There will be a special tea reception following the Kirkin' at 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

The Highland Games will begin at the park at 9:00 AM with those hardy lads and lasses tossing the caber and throwing the stone. There will be entertainment in the afternoon at the park including the Wicked Tinkers.

The Kilted Klassic Golf Tournament starts with registration at 8:00 AM at the Longview Country Club.  Registration Forms are available under Festival Forms.

The Kelso Rotary will be holding their Annual Duck Race in the afternoon raising money for charities and scholarships.

Get your Highlander Festival Buttons, on sale July 5th, for only $1.00 each and you could win many prizes which have been donated from various merchants in Kelso.

Don't pass up a whole weekend of Scottish and Celtic fun at the park!

For more information please Contact Us.