Scotland, Ct. Highland festival & Games Committee

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The 33rd Annual Highland Games

              We are HOPING that we will be able to hold our Highland Festival this year ( 2020) BUT, due to the Virus and the social distancing we are still trying to figure out all of the logistics. The 33rd. annual Scotland Connecticut Highland Festival & Games is scheduled to be held on  on October 11th, 2020 at the Historic Waldo House, located at 96 Waldo Road, Scotland, CT 06264. 

         This festival supports so many local businesses as well as offering Scholarships to anyone who will be studying about Scotland ( U.K.) while in a college, this includes study of - lessons for the Bagpipes, Harp or drums.

        This festival supports so many local businesses as well as offering Scholarships to anyone who will be studying about Scotland ( U.K.) while in a college, this includes study of - lessons for the Bagpipes, Harp or drums. 

        Our committee that sets this festival up is a small one and we are NOT getting any younger. WE are asking all of you to PLEASE consider helping us with this festival. If you enjoy this festival as much as we do, PLEASE take a moment and consider joining our committee.  We meet every third Monday at the Scotland, CT Library. Meetings are NOT mandatory BUT we would love to see you at them in August, September & October so that we can all be on board as to the planning and set up . If you can not attend the meeting BUT have any time the week prior to our festival, PLEASE come down to the grounds to help us get ready.  If even for a few hours a day, any little bit will be greatly appreciated!!

         On this page we will bring you information about the bands who will be performing in the entertainment tent, Bagpipe bands that will be performing through out the day on the performance field by the vendors, Information on the festival site, our Highland Games taking place in the field by the Dining Tent. Through out the day there will be Scotch Highland Cattle on display just past the entertainment tent by the shuttle bus drop off/pick up location, Soay Sheep which are a Scottish breed of sheep will be on display in the same area. There will also be sheep dog demonstrations throughout the day in the fenced in area by the Waldo House.  

         We also will host our annual Harp demonstrations  and competitions through out the day in the Harp Tent over by the food trucks. We will have individual bagpipe & drumming competitions  through out the day in the back field beyond the vendors.

          WE offer handicapped parking and a shade tent area to view the parade field. 

         PLEASE be advised that our Our parking areas are located in Hay fields and corn fields that have been harvested. Our volunteers do re-mow the corn stalks and hay fields as close to the ground as possible to make it easier to drive & walk through. 

        WE also do offer FREE  shuttle bus services from the paved parking lot at the Sayles School, 25 Scotland Road in Baltic, CT as well as the field across the street from the Scotland Volunteer Fire Department located at 47 Brook Road, Scotland, Ct.  

         Our committee members do spend a LOT of time preparing this site for this beautiful festival to take place, setting up the festival and taking it all down again.  We do ask that you PLEASE stay OFF of all of the stone walls that were made hundreds of years ago.  New England has so many miles of the stonewalls that were made by so many  Scotsmen & Irish Men enduring the back breaking work clearing the fields and building these stone walls. These same men had first built stone walls in their home lands and then sailed over here to the "New Country" only to have to clear the land by hand and also build so many miles of stone walls all over again. If a wall is broken it costs us several hundreds of dollars to have just small bits repaired so we ask that you PLEASE take care of these beautiful grounds, help us to keep this place going, bring a chair or a blanket and respect those who worked so hard to build this beautiful farm.

WE also NEED to state that NO ONE  , NO ONE is allowed to bring any kind of a animal or dog onto our grounds, this includes all of our shuttle bus properties, our parking areas and our festival grounds. If  we find any animal is locked inside of a vehicle while the owner is away we WILL contact the State Police. If you are found on the festival grounds with any animal or dog you will be asked to leave the festival and if need be the State Police will be contacted.  WE hate to do this but through out the years we have found some people abusing this rule even though it has been posted on our Facebook site, our printed literature and on our parking signs. Our insurance will not cover any animal on our grounds unless we have invited that animal to take part in our festival.       

              Our committee that sets this festival up is a small one and we are NOT getting any younger. WE are asking all of you that if you enjoy this festival as much as we do to PLEASE take a moment and consider joining our committee.  We meet every third Monday at the Scotland, CT Library. Meetings are NOT mandatory BUT we would love to see you at them in August, September & October so that we can all be on board as to the planning and set up . If you can not attend the meeting BUT have any time the week prior to our festival, PLEASE come down to the grounds to help us get ready.  If even for a few hours a day, any little bit will be greatly appreciated!!

            WE would like to thank everyone who has attended our festival and supported our cause of promoting Scotland ( U.K. & the U.S.A.) as well as so many Scottish (U.K.)  traditions. We would like to say Thank You to all of our vendors selling all of their Scottish wares, foods, musical instruments, all of our Bagpipe Bands who will perform throughout the day, All of our Harp contestants, our individual pipers & drummers taking part , the Celtic Dancers, all of our farms who have brought along their beautiful animals to show off here and of course all of the contestants in the Scottish Games . Without all of our volunteers, contestants and this beautiful Waldo Homestead we would not be able to host this Festival so THANK YOU to EVERYONE!!

          On this page we will bring you information about the bands who will be performing in the entertainment tent, Bagpipe bands that will be performing through out the day on the performance field by the vendors, Information on the festival site, our Highland Games taking place in the field by the Dining Tent. Through out the day there will be Scotch Highland Cattle on display just past the entertainment tent by the shuttle bus drop off/pick up location, Soay Sheep which are a Scottish breed of sheep will be on display. There will also be sheep dog demonstrations throughout the day in the fenced in area by the Waldo House.  

          We also will host our annual Harp  Harp demonstrations  and competitions through out the day in the Harp Tent over by the food trucks. We will have individual bagpipe & drumming competitions  through out the day in the back field beyond the vendors.

           WE offer handicapped parking and a shade tent area to view the parade field. 

          PLEASE be advised that our Our parking areas are located in Hay fields and corn fields that have been harvested. Our volunteers do re-mow the corn stalks and hay fields as close to the ground as possible to make it easier to drive & walk through. 

         WE do offer FREE  shuttle bus services from the paved parking lot at the Sayles School, 25 Scotland Road in Baltic, CT as well as the field across the street from the Scotland Volunteer Fire Department located at 47 Brook Road, Scotland, Ct.  

          Our committee members do spend a LOT of time preparing this site for this beautiful festival to take place, setting up the festival and taking it all down again.  We do ask that you PLEASE stay OFF of all of the stone walls that were made hundreds of years ago through the back breaking work of so many Scotsman & Irish Men who first built their walls in their home lands and then sailed over to the "New Country" only to have to clear the land by hand and also build so many miles of stone walls all over again. If a wall is broken it costs us several hundreds of dollars to have just small bits repaired so we ask that you PLEASE take care of these beautiful grounds, help us to keep this place going, bring a chair or a blanket and respect those who worked so hard to build this beautiful farm.

WE also NEED to state that NO ONE  , NO ONE is allowed to bring any kind of a animal or dog onto our grounds, this includes all of our shuttle bus properties, our parking areas and our festival grounds. If  we find any animal is locked inside of a vehicle while the owner is away we WILL contact the State Police. If you are found on the festival grounds with any animal or dog you will be asked to leave the festival and if need be the State Police will be contacted.  WE hate to do this but through out the years we have found some people abusing this rule even though it has been posted on our Facebook site, our printed literature and on our parking signs. Our insurance will not cover any animal on our grounds unless we have invited that animal to take part in our festival.