Spokane Scottish Highland Games | Spokane County Fairgrounds Center | Sports and Outdoors, Community | Interior of the Pacific Northwest

Perhaps you are one of the 3% of Spokanites of Scottish descent. Or maybe you’re one of the 97% who loves scotch, shortbread, and fuzzy cows. Either way, ‘we are Jock Tamson’s bairns’ (translated: we are all created equal) and everyone is welcome at this year’s Scottish Highland Games. For one day, the fairgrounds are dedicated to preserving and celebrating Scottish culture. Check out athletic prowess, country dancing demonstrations, baking contests, poetry readings by Robert Burns and a shepherd exhibit. Please be aware that all athletes must compete in a kilt and long pipe to be eligible for the awards. Admire the magnificent “heilan’ coos” (highland cows) and Clydesdale horses while listening to the traditional marches of the bagpipes and the piobaireachd. The Games open with the most deeply rooted ritual: a Scottish versus Irish tug of war. But all is fun and games, and whatever happens you can turn to your neighbor at the end of the day to wish him good luck: “Lang may yer lum reek!”

Spokane Scottish Highland Games • Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • $5 to $10 • All ages • Spokane County Fair & Expo Center • 404 N. Havana St. • spokanehighlandgames.net

—Eliza Billingham


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Jennifer R. Strohm