Scottish festival brings Highland games and dance to Penticton – Kelowna Capital News
King’s Park in Penticton was packed with people on Saturday July 2, hoping to get a taste of Scottish culture.
From highland dancing to bagpipe contests and even whiskey tasting sessions, the one-day event had just about everything for people of all ages.
“It’s a celebration of culture,” said Karen Gladish, one of the event directors. “It’s so fun and lively and Scottish people are so proud of their heritage. But you don’t have to be there to enjoy the day, there are things to do for everyone.
Pipe bands from across the Okanagan, including bands from Kelowna and Vernon, competed in a number of different competitions, while Highland Games athletes competed in their own traditional events. such as stone throwing, caber and sheaf battles.
Gladish added that this year’s event is expected to host over 3,000 people.
As well as the day-long competitions, those in attendance who were unfamiliar with traditional Scottish activities also had the chance to join in the fun, with Highland dancing lessons taking center stage.
“I started taking Highland dancing lessons myself, it’s so much fun,” Gladish said with a laugh.
With a panel of judges scouring King’s Park to determine the best Okanagan Scottish themed performers, hundreds of onlookers could be seen getting into the spirit wearing kilts.