Announcement from the Utah Scottish Association Board
The Utah Scottish Association Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games (2021) as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation. Whilst we understand the decision is disappointing we feel it is the right one for many reasons. We absolutely must protect the future of our festival.
We have met with harsh criticism from some of our members and patrons for this decision. Please understand this:
With the current large gathering rules in Utah (including the number of people allowed at the specific venue, social distancing factors still in effect for large groups, limits on chairs, tables, use of buildings, dining areas and food consumption, sanitation requirements, contact tracing requirements, etc.) it is simply not feasible for us to present an enjoyable (and lawful) festival at this time. We did not make these rules and we certainly did not make this decision lightly. If you would like more information on this feel free to ask.
Our Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games will take place on June 10th - 12th 2022.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our event in 2022, in the meantime please stay safe and well and look after each other.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the event please use the form on the bottom of this page to contact us.
The Utah Scottish Association has made this decision based on government rules set forth in our state and nation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 10 - 12, 2022
Typically on FRIDAY: Gates open at 5:00
Pre-Games Show 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 - Opening Ceremonies Massed Bands
7:00 PM - Concert with The Fire and Wicked Tinkers
SUNDAY 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM - Closing Ceremonies Massed Bands
Utah State Fair Park
155 North 1000 West
Please be aware the Utah State Fair Park charges a $5.00 parking fee.
*Information subject to change.
Info & Tickets
June 10 - 12, 2022
Buy a ticket for 1 day and the rest of the festival is included FREE!
REGULAR TICKET PRICES:
Adults Day Ticket $20.00
Seniors 65+ and Students (12-18) $15.00
12 and over must purchase tickets. (11 and under FREE and do not need a ticket.)
Active Military with Current Geneva Conventions ID get in FREE!
Current members of the Utah Scottish Association admitted FREE!
Single Membership = one free admission.
Couple Membership = two free admissions.
Membership will be verified.
If you would like to purchase a membership in advance click the Membership button below.
Memberships will be available at the festival.
Presale Discounted Tickets are not yet available but will be $15.00 per person.
There are no discounted tickets for Senior/Student tickets.
Once we begin selling them, pre-sale tickets will be available until May 1, 2022. If you would like the ticket mailed to you it will cost $1.00 extra.
Please choose that option when choosing your ticket type.
After our pre-sale discount ends, regular priced tickets will be available until May 20.
After May 20 tickets will only be available at the gate.
TICKETS ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
The Utah Scottish Festival and Highland games are proud to sponsor the National Sheaf Toss Competition.
HEAVY ATHLETICS COMPETITIONS
(Yes, this includes the Caber Toss)
Registration is not yet available.
Following your clan and its history is a great way to connect with your Scottish Heritage. You can google your clan to connect with them online, but at a Scottish Festival, you can connect in person! The Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games hosts some of the best. Come visit our Clan Village.
Clans will gather all three days of our festival!
Friday: Clan representatives will march during the Tattoo.
Saturday: Clans will gather and march during the Opening Ceremonies.
Sunday: There will be a clan procession across the ground to the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan where the clans will be blessed.
Clan Storytelling will also occur on the heritage stage on Saturday at the festival.
If you are a clan regional representative and are interested in hosting a tent for your clan at our festival, contact us by clicking the Clan Info button below.
Scottish Highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folk dance, and both modern ballet and square dancing can trace their roots back to the Highlands. Dating back to the 11th or 12th century, the Highland Dances of Scotland tended to be highly athletic male celebratory dances of triumph or joy, or warrior dances performed over swords and spiked shield.
According to tradition, the old kings and chiefs of Scotland used the Highland Games as a way of choosing the best men for their retinue and men at arms.
Highland dancing was one of the various ways men were tested for strength, stamina, accuracy, and agility. Ladies began competing only at the turn of the century. Although historically
Highland dancing was restricted to men, today it is mostly performed by females. No matter who dances them, Highland dances require both athletic and artistic skill.
Registration not yet available for 2022.
We are not accepting applications for 2022 at this time.
To inquire about vending at our event please send a message using the CONTACT page. Please be aware we will not accept vendors who are not relevant to the culture in some way. If you are a business interested in a sponsorship space please specify in the message.
Piping & Drumming
The Utah Scottish Festival is not yet accepting registration for the 2022 event. Please check back for more information.
We take pride in running a well-organized and efficient event. We are located in the heart of the Western United States Pipe Band Association. It's a great place for bands and soloists from all WUSPBA branches to gather.
Please contact Jeff or Lezlie Mann by clicking the button below if you have any questions.
Things to Do
There are many things to do at our event.
Watch Highland Athletics
Massed Pipe Bands
Watch a Highland Fling
Find your Clan connection
Enjoy some Celtic entertainment
Check out the Clydesdales
Enter our Shortbread Contest
Enter or watch our Bonnie Knees Contest
Watch our Kilted Tug of War
Eat some Scottish food
Learn a Scottish Country Dance
Watch some Irish Dancing
Taste some Whisky at our Whisky Garden
Participate in the Kirkin' o' the Tartan
March with your Clan
Check out our Celtic vendors
Watch the presentation on Robert Burns
More to come!