DON’T MISS THE FRIDAY EVENING KICK-OFF EVENTS
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Don your tartan and join with us as we Kick Off our Fabulous Highland Weekend. Thrill to the sounds of the Clan Gordon Pipe Band, the Northwest Junior Pipe Band and the Tacoma Scots Pipe Band as they perform first as individual units and then join together. A Scottish sing-along, under the direction of Featured Performer Carl Peterson, and the Rising of the Clans & Flaming Saltire will follow their performances. The evening is capped off with our Friday evening Ceilidh a traditional Scottish party with music, sing-alongs, stories and Scottish country dancing at the indoor Celtic Arts Showcase and Tilted Kilt Pub.
Meanwhile, in the outdoor Rampant Lion Pub, the weekend piping competition begins with the special event, Donald MacRae Pub Piping Competition. Your toes will be tapping as the sound of hornpipes and jigs fill the air. The party continues in the Rampant Lion Pub with a performance by BOWI Band to round out the evening.
Don’t miss this free, and open to the public kick off event for the 73rd Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering at the Enumclaw Expo Center.
And be sure and return for more fun and excitement on Saturday and Sunday!
HIGHLAND WEEKEND KICK-OFF EVENTS – Friday July 26
|6:30PM||Donald MacRae Pub Piping Competition
Rampant Lion Pub (outdoor)
The special hornpipe and jig competition will be held for registered participants and will get your toes tapping! Competitors DO NOT have to be 21 to compete. Scholarships will be awarded to the first four places ($125, $100, $75, $50).
A very special THANK YOU to Donald MacRae for his sponsorship of this fun event.
|7:00PM||Rising of the Clans and Flaming Saltire
Thrill to the sounds of the Tacoma Scots Pipe Band, the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, and the Clan Gordon Pipe Band as they perform first as individual units, then together. Raise your voices in a Scottish sing-along, under the direction of featured performer, Carl Peterson.
One of the most emotionally compelling and magical moments of the weekend, the Rising of the Clans and the Flaming Saltire is set in motion by the Chieftain of the Games, Ken Shaw. The Chieftain ignites the flame that is then passed to each clan, one by one, filling the glen with beacons of light. Help us send out the signal fires to mark the start of the 73rd Annual Pacific Northwest Highland Games and Clan Gathering.
Rampant Lion Pub (outdoor – over 21)
Enjoy the music of BOWI to round out the evening.
|9:00PM||Cèilidh (All ages)
Celtic Arts Showcase and Tilted Kilt Pub (indoor)
Join the cèilidh (kay-lee), a traditional Scottish party, with sing-alongs, stories, music, and Scottish Country Dancing.