Other competitions include the Scottish Highland Dance Championships, a rugby tournament, and shortbread contest. Attendees can get in on the fun at the “Knobbly Knees” contest judging men in kilts; the Haggis Hurling contest in which women compete to determine who can throw a one-pound, frozen haggis the farthest while standing on a whisky barrel; and the Haggis Eating contest.
The children’s area offers Celtic crafts, miniature golf and train rides, and Scottish petting zoo.
Music and libations
Adults can sip on single malt Scotch whisky, spirits and beer from various vendors and dine on traditional Scottish and American cuisine. Friday evening will feature the crowning of the Heather Queen. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy musical performances on the main stage – two high energy Celtic bands, Cleghorn and the Rogues, a Scottish-American honky-tonk band, John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart, and a premier ceilidh band from Chicago, the Bandicoots.
The Dogs of Scotland area presents agility displays and Celtic canines. And for the shopper who’s looking for something unique, the festival features a varied Celtic marketplace with kilts, jewelry, soccer jerseys, haggis and almost anything made from tartan.
If you go
WHAT: Scottish Festival and Highland Games
WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m. June 14 and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 15
WHERE: Hamilton Lakes, 1 Pierce Place, Itasca, at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue
COST: Admission fee varies, with VIP options available; parking is $5 cash per vehicle, with two-day parking pass for $8
INFO: scottishfestivalchicago.org, 708-426-7111