Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN A Family 4 Pack of 2 Day Tickets ($76) To SCOTTISH FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES This Friday & Saturday 6/16 & 17


ILLINOIS’ OLDEST CHARITY, THE CHICAGO SCOTS, CELEBRATES YEARS OF BELOVED TRADITION WITH 
THE 31st ANNUAL SCOTTISH FESTIVAL 
& HIGHLAND GAMES
Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17, 2017


Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Chicago while benefiting the Chicago Scots’ two principle charities, the Scottish Home 
and the Caledonian House


For 2017, The Village of Itasca, IL has changed their name to The Village of "Aye-Tasca" for the weekend, in honor of the upcoming Scottish Festival and Highland Games taking place Friday, June 16- Saturday, June 17 Hamilton Lakes, 1 Pierce Place, Itasca, IL! 








































ChiIL Mama's giving away a Free Family 4 Pack of 2 Day Tickets ($76 value) to Scottish Festival and Highland Games 2017
ENTER HERE
for your chance to WIN!

Winner will receive 2 children's tickets for Saturday (kids 12 & under are FREE Friday) and 2 adult 2 day tickets for Friday/Saturday (Total value: $76). Enter through midnight Wednesday 6/14/17. Winner announced Thursday morning. Winner will be announced on our social media outlets Thursday morning and e-mailed privately as well. Enter like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.

Men in kilts, caber tossing, bagpipers strolling, adorable dogs dressed in Tartan, beautiful Heather queens, Haggis eating, a shortbread contest, and whiskey tasting all add up to one memorable experience at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games, the largest Celtic Festival in the Midwest, with this year’s festivities being the 31st year in occurrence. The festival benefits Illinois’ oldest charity, the CHICAGO SCOTS, which includes the Scottish Home – a haven of expert elder care deeply informed by a century of experience and our new Caledonian House – a unique model of person-centered memory care for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. The Scottish Festival and Highland Games is family-friendly and also features top Celtic bands and ethnic foods, all benefiting a great cause.



My husband has some Scottish ancestry, hence my two kids do too. The year before last, we ventured out to Itasca for a muddy, but fun look at The Scottish Festival and Highland Games. 

It's quite a sight. Soooooo many kilts and bagpipes. I've become hooked on the Stars Outlander series, so an entire field full of kilt wearing Scotts has even more appeal. The quirky feats of strength are something to see and the music stages are fun too. Since I'm Bonnie, I think I heard my name sung at least a few dozen times in various folk songs. All in all, we recommend checking it out for family friendly fun with a multicultural twist.


Ticket prices for the 31st Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games are as follows:
Friday-Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $12.00; Seniors (60+) are $10.00

Saturday- Children under 3 are FREE; Children ages 3-12 $8.00; Adults are $20.00; Seniors (60+) are $15.00

Two Day Pass - Children under 3 are FREE; Children ages 3-12 $5.00; Adults are $30.00; Seniors (60+) are $22.50

Patron Weekend Pass (Family Friendly)- $200 This two-day pass includes entry into the festival (for 2 adults & 2 children), premier seating inside the Patron Tent, complimentary food and beverages, 16 drink tickets (beer included), and parking passes for both days.

Patron Weekend Pass (21 & Over)- $130 This two-day pass includes entry for one individual into the festival, premier seating inside the Patron Tent, complimentary food and beverages, 8 drink tickets (beer included), and parking passes for both days.
The festival is held at Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, Illinois, located at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue. Parking will be available on pavement in parking garages. Parking will be $5 per vehicle for parking on both Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 or guests may purchase a two-day parking pass for $8. For more information, event schedules, competition registration forms or to purchase tickets, visit Eventbright.com, www.scottishfestivalchicago.orgor call (708) 426-7149.

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The largest Scottish cultural organization in North America, the CHICAGO SCOTS, is back for the 31st year to provide entertainment and Scottish culture with a modern twist with their annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Taking place Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17 at Hamilton Lakes, 1 Pierce Place, Itasca, IL, the beloved summer celebration, the largest festival of its kind in the Midwest, will feature an extravaganza of activities and attractions from the Caber Toss to the Highland Dance to the Dogs of Scotland. Proceeds from the festival benefit CHICAGO SCOTS’ two principal charities: the Scottish Home – a haven of expert elder care deeply informed by a century of experience and our new Caledonian House – a unique model of person-centered memory care. This family-friendly event is a chance to explore Scottish culture without having to buy a plane ticket. Enjoy good music, good food and a great cause.

“Each year we invite participants, whether Scottish by birth, by heritage, or simply by inclination to join us, and each year we are overwhelmed by the response to our festival,” said Gus Noble, President of the CHICAGO SCOTS. “We are excited to continue this event in 2017, highlighting 31 years of Scottish arts and entertainment, athletics, and culinary specialties.”


Attracting over 10,000 attendees to experience Scotland’s rich heritage and unique traditions over the past 31 years, the annual celebration has featured all Grades of pipe bands, crowned many beautiful Heather Queens, and displayed the talents of many exceptionally skilled Dogs of Scotland. Of course, no Scottish Festival would be complete without the famous Haggis Hurling Contest and Haggis Eating Contest, only the brave will enter. Many men have bared their knees in the annual Men in Kilts contest and all levels of Highland Dancers have shown off their best moves. Over 500 participants throughout the years have put their creativity and taste buds to the ultimate test by joining the Shortbread Contest, and endless amounts of whisky have been tasted.

Be a part of the action this year as the festival launches Friday, June 16 with exhibits and vendors open from 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Highlights include the ever-popular Heavy Athletics Exhibition, the return of the band, Enter the Haggis as the Friday night headliner, Whisky VIP Master Class, Solo Pipe Band Competition, an action-packed kid’s area with mini-golf, balloons, tattoos and mini athletics, and the Heather Queen competition, crowning the 2017 Queen and Court.



The fun continues on Saturday, June 17 from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy the thrilling Heavy Athletics including the Caber Toss (with participants flipping 20-foot, 140-pound tree trunk), the 22-pound Hammer Throw, the Sheaf Toss (where athletes launch a bale of hay over a high bar) and the Clachnert (flinging a 16-pound river stone); lively Mid-West Pipe Band Championship competition, the largest pipe band competition in the Midwest with over 20 pipe bands and 300 solo performances of pipers and drummers; Highland Dance competition; an intense Rugby Sevens Highland Challenge; and a Coerver Cup 3v3 youth soccer tournament. 

The Dogs of Scotland, Highland Cattle, and Clydesdale Horses offer a chance to greet some of Scotland’s cutest furry exports. Genealogy and cultural exhibits provide insight into ancestry to kick start research on the family tree. A Parade of Clan Tartans and attendee competitions British Car Show featuring vintage automobiles, Haggis Hurling Contest for women, Men in Kilts contest, Haggis Eating Contest and Shortbread Contest are also perennial favorites. 

Little ones may continue to enjoy mini-golf, balloons, tattoos and try mini heavy athletics. Sample Whisky and Spirts tastings will be available for adults to indulge in from various vendors. Dine on traditional Scottish or American cuisine and peruse the Celtic Marketplace. The festivities conclude with the Closing Ceremonies and Massed Bands Show, an exhilarating concert featuring 1,000 bagpipers and drummers performing traditional musical selections including Amazing Grace. 


Celtic Rock Stage entertainment for this year includes high energy American Rogues, John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart, Jon Langford & Robbie Fulks, and Winning Pipe Band.

The CHICAGO SCOTS would like to thank the following corporate sponsors and in-kind donors: Village of Itasca, Itasca Fire Department, Itasca Police Department, Hamilton Partners, DLA Piper, Belhaven (St. Killian), USI, The Glenlivet, Aberlour, PepsiCo, RGB Lights, and Arena Americas.

The CHICAGO SCOTS celebrate Scottish identity on behalf of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society. Established in 1845, the Society is the oldest 501(c)3 charity in Illinois. The Society nourishes Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture. Proceeds from our events and programming benefit our two principal charities; the Scottish Home and the Caledonian House. The Scottish Home has been providing a wide range of outstanding assisted living and nursing skills for over 100 years. The Caledonian House is a practical response to the challenges America is currently facing with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The CHICAGO SCOTS welcome everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination. 


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ChiIL Mama's giving away a Free Family 4 Pack of 2 Day Tickets ($76 value) to Scottish Festival and Highland Games 2017
for your chance to WIN!


Winner will receive 2 children's tickets for Saturday (kids 12 & under are FREE Friday) and 2 adult 2 day tickets for Friday/Saturday (Total value: $76). Enter through midnight Wednesday 6/14/17. Winner announced Thursday morning. Winner will be announced on our social media outlets Thursday morning and e-mailed privately as well. Enter like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.




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