Spokane’s Scottish Highland Games return to the Fairgrounds Saturday

For the 63rd year, Spokane Highland Games will transport folks across the pond to Scotland without them having to get on an airplane!

The traditional Highland Games date back hundreds and hundreds of years. Scottish clans would meet and sporting events were always the focal point. Games were a way for clansman to marry off their daughters, prepare for battle and show off whom the very best warriors were.

The Spokane Highland Games will feature sporting events like the stone throw, that sees participants hurl a rock off their shoulders like a shot put, as well as the Scottish Hammer Throw. The Irish and Scottish will even face off in a tug of war.

Competition is central at the games – but not just with sports! Bakers will compete for the best shortbread and Highland dancers face off against one another to win titles in their age groups.

You don’t have to be Scottish to attend, you don’t even need to be a part of the competition! The Games also have activities for the kids, shopping, poetry and Celtic storytelling. You can find out more about the events by clicking here.

The Spokane Highland Games will take place at the Spokane County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 3. Adult admission is $10, children 6-10 are $5. Events begin at 9:30 in the morning, the fun ends at 5:30 p.m.