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Scottish Games return to Chesterfield – Sept. 29-30

By: Katie Ward Beim-Esche


Take the high road or the low road – just make sure you get to the St. Louis Scottish Games, happening on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 in Chesterfield Valley.

Both days promise a jam-packed array of Scottish athletics, pipebands and drumming, Highland dancing, sheepdog demonstrations, folk music, storytelling and more. Don’t miss the torchlight opening ceremony, or “Calling of the Clans,” on Friday evening.

The Celtic extravaganza takes place on Spirit Airpark West Drive, between Spirit of St. Louis Airport and St. Louis Premium Outlets.

Even if you can’t claim Scottish heritage, or you’ve never read a word of Robert Burns, the grand cultural experience of the games still is guaranteed to thrill. Plus, what’s not to love about a weekend of colorful costumes, medieval-style demonstrations and a wee dram of Scotch whisky?

Tickets and parking

Tickets are available online at www.stl.scot. Purchase tickets ahead of time to skip the long line, or buy them at the gate on the event day. Choose from one-day tickets, a two-day pass or a family pass. Prices are reduced by $5 for students [17 and younger] and active/former military members.

For adults [17 and older], Friday tickets are $10, Saturday tickets are $15 and a two-day pass is $20.

Tickets for children, ages 5-16, are $5 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for both. Children under age 5 are free.

A family pass, which covers two adults and up to four children [ages 5-16], costs $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $50 for both.

Park for free in the designated fields nearby and stroll through the grass to the festival site.

Please note that animals are not permitted at the games, with the exception of service animals and performers [e.g., sheepdogs for demonstrations].

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Cuisine and merchandise

On both days, traditional Scottish food will be available, from scones and tea to shepherd’s pies, Scotch eggs and, yes, haggis.

Of course, a Scottish event just wouldn’t be complete without quality Scotch. Treat yourself to Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, or taste a Schlafly brew that was made specifically for this event.

Celtic clothing, embroidered goods, pottery, jewelry, woodcrafts and home décor are slated for the vendor booths. Whatever your clan’s tartan, or your heart’s desire, you’ll be sure to find it here.

Live music and dancing

Highland games are as much about music and dance as they are about athletic feats. In keeping with tradition, the St. Louis Scottish Games boasts highland dancing demonstrations [including the local Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers], massed pipe bands and two tents’ worth of music.

The Laphroaig Celtic Rock Tent features Celtica, who fuses traditional Scottish bagpipes with the power of an epic rock band. Also featured are Plaid to the Bone, the St. Louis-based bagpipe rock group; and Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign, a local, seven-piece family band that blends music from Ireland, Scotland and Canada’s eastern shores.

In the Alex Sutherland Music Tent, guests can listen to Scottish fiddler John Taylor and Alabama flutist Jil Chambless and guitarist Scooter Muse, representing the longest-performing Celtic band in the southeastern U.S. Also featured are The Wee Heavies, an eclectic a cappella quartet from St. Louis; Duddybreeks, a local Celtic band; and Scottish traditional group Peat Fire Flame.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 29

Festival open from 4-10:30 p.m.

Athletics Field

4-5:30 p.m. Athletics demonstrations

Ceremonies Field

4:15 p.m. Sheepdog demonstration

5 p.m. Calling of the Clans [registration]

begins for opening ceremonies

5:40 p.m. Opening Ceremonies begin

5:45 p.m. Folk concert with Jil Chambless,

Scooter Muse and John Taylor

Dusk Torchlight ceremony

Laphroaig Celtic Rock Tent

8 p.m. Plaid to the Bone

8:45 p.m. Celtica

Saturday, Sept. 30

Festival open from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pipes and Drum Competitions,

and Champion Supreme Contest

9:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Scotch Tasting

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Highland Dancing demonstrations

Athletics Field

9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Scottish Athletics competitions

3:30 p.m. Farmers walk With Schlafly Stones

Ceremonies Field

9:15 a.m. Opening ceremonies, featuring presentation of colors by Scottish-American Military Society Post 1821 and National Anthem by Pam and Wayne Davis

9:30 a.m. Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers

10:15 a.m. Sheepdog demonstration

11 a.m. Eagle display

11:30 a.m. Kilted Kids Race

Noon Tug-o-War: Police vs. Firemen

12:30 p.m. Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor

12:30 p.m. Parade of Tartans

1:15 p.m. Sheepdog demonstrations

2 p.m. Eagle display

4:30 p.m. Closing ceremony, featuring Massed Pipe Bands

and Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor

Alex Sutherland Music Tent

10:30 a.m. Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse

and John Taylor

11:30 a.m. Duddybreeks

1:30 p.m. Peat Fire Flame

2:30 p.m. Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor

3:40 p.m. The Wee Heavies

Laphroaig Celtic Rock Tent

10:30 a.m. Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign

11:30 a.m. Plaid to the Bone

1:30 p.m. Celtica

2:30 p.m. Plaid to the Bone

3:30 p.m. Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign

5:15 p.m. Celtica

Friday, Sept. 29

Festival open from 4-10:30 p.m.

Athletics Field

4-5:30 p.m. Athletics demonstrations

Ceremonies Field

4:15 p.m. Sheepdog demonstration

5 p.m. Calling of the Clans [registration]

begins for opening ceremonies

5:40 p.m. Opening Ceremonies begin

5:45 p.m. Folk concert with Jil Chambless,

Scooter Muse and John Taylor

Dusk Torchlight ceremony

Laphroaig Celtic Rock Tent

8 p.m. Plaid to the Bone

8:45 p.m. Celtica

Saturday, Sept. 30

Festival open from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pipes and Drum Competitions,

and Champion Supreme Contest

9:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Scotch Tasting

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Highland Dancing demonstrations

Athletics Field

9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Scottish Athletics competitions

3:30 p.m. Farmers walk With Schlafly Stones

Ceremonies Field

9:15 a.m. Opening ceremonies, featuring presentation of colors by Scottish-American Military Society Post 1821 and National Anthem by Pam and Wayne Davis

9:30 a.m. Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers

10:15 a.m. Sheepdog demonstration

11 a.m. Eagle display

11:30 a.m. Kilted Kids Race

Noon Tug-o-War: Police vs. Firemen

12:30 p.m. Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor

12:30 p.m. Parade of Tartans

1:15 p.m. Sheepdog demonstrations

2 p.m. Eagle display

4:30 p.m. Closing ceremony, featuring Massed Pipe Bands

and Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor

Alex Sutherland Music Tent

10:30 a.m. Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse

and John Taylor

11:30 a.m. Duddybreeks

1:30 p.m. Peat Fire Flame

2:30 p.m. Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor

3:40 p.m. The Wee Heavies

Laphroaig Celtic Rock Tent

10:30 a.m. Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign

11:30 a.m. Plaid to the Bone

1:30 p.m. Celtica

2:30 p.m. Plaid to the Bone

3:30 p.m. Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign

5:15 p.m. Celtica

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