Break out the kilts and the bagpipes, the 30th Annual Chicago Scottish Festival and Highland Games are coming June 17-18, 2016. The fun takes place at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca. The celebration of Scottish culture brings fun for the whole family, including a Haggis Hurling Contest, a Haggis Eating Contest, traditional music, Highland dancing, a Men in Kilts competition, a Shortbread contest, and even whisky tasting. Meanwhile, athletes will test their might with traditional Highland games like the caber toss and hammer throw.
The Chicago Scots, who put on the annual event, are the oldest 5013 charity in Illinois, dating back to 1845. In addition to organizing initiatives to promote Scottish culture, the Society offers a range of elder care services at their Scottish Home. The President of Chicago Scots, Gus Noble, joined ABC 7 live from the Scottish Festival and Highland Games to talk about the traditions and his organization's mission.
30th Annual Chicago Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Date: June 18, 2016
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Address: Hamilton Lakes - 1 Pierce Place, Itasca, IL
Admission: Children under 2 are FREE; Children ages 3-12 $5.00; Adults are $20.00; Seniors (60+) are $15.00
Illinois' oldest charity hosts Highland Games