Annual Highland Festival to be held this weekend

A bagpiper entertains the crowd during last year's Highland Festival and Games. || Photo courtesy of wkyhighlandfestival.com

A bagpiper entertains the crowd during last year’s Highland Festival and Games. || Photo courtesy of wkyhighlandfestival.com

For the past 14 years, western Kentuckians have gathered in Murray to celebrate their Irish and Scottish heritage at the Highland Festival and Games. This year, the festival will be at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27 at the Murray Central Park.

The festival will include events such as a caber toss, hammer throw and sheaf toss. There will also be tug-of-war games for those who pre-registered at 11 a.m. The winning tug-of-war team will receive a $500 donation for the charity of its choice. The team that is named best dressed will receive a $100 donation for the charity of its choice. 

There will also be events for children to participate in. They can compete in a miniature version of the Scottish highland games called Wee Bairn games.

Along with those events there will also be some entertainment. Highland Reign will be the band performing for the festival. The Parade of Tartans will begin at noon.

Vendors will also be selling hats and halos for children and Scotland-related merchandise such as kilts and stained glass for adults.

Admission is $5 per person and children ages 10 and under attend for free with a paying adult.

For more information about the festival, visit wkyhighlandfestival.com.

Story by Anna Taylor, Features Editor.