SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Highland Games return to the Fairgrounds this weekend.
The folks preparing for the games have been here 61 years in the Inland Northwest. In those six decades, there have been a lot of changes, but of course this has always been the premiere cultural celebration for folks looking to celebrate their Scottish Heritage.
“Coming from Scotland, it just brings back some wonderful memories of what we used to do as children,” said Ian Robertson, Master of Ceremonies.
Ian immigrated to the U.S. as a young man. His plan was to go to grad school in Kansas City.
He showed up with only $50 in his pocket, but he made it and now lives a successful happy life here in the states.
For him, the Highland Games are a way to remember where he came from.
“Dancing, music, eating, all of the good things,” Robertson said. “And you don't have to be Scottish to come celebrate—you can be Scottish for the day.”
Saturday's event also features heavy athletics. World class athletes compete in the hammer throw, cabers, and much more.
The fun starts Saturday at the Fair and Expo Center at 9 a.m. The event wraps up at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Spokane Highland Games website.