Working with Pima County and seeing other big city festivals like Tucson Meet Yourself go off without major issues, the organizers decided to move forward.
“We’re an outdoor event so we thought we were good to go,” Warner said. “The county has been great in helping us bring it all together. “
The festival is back in full force with a torch-lighting ceremony and a Viking Night concert featured Friday night by traditional Celtic band The Wicked Tinkers.
Saturday and Sunday will be brought to life with live music, dancing, clan information kiosks, and vendors selling everything from shepherd’s pie to shillelagh.
Warner said more than 50 men and women are registered for the Scottish Highland Games, which consists mainly of throwing and lifting heavy objects of various shapes and sizes.
This year, the festival also hosts the Highland Games of the Women’s Lightweight World Championship, which will feature seven female Highland game competitors playing for the ultimate title.
Warner said 15 have been invited and around 10 of them are usually in competition, but due to COVID-related travel restrictions, several were unable to attend this year.
“I’m sure the men’s world championships scheduled for Austin this year probably have the same issues,” Warner said. “They come from all over, from countries like Germany and Japan, and find it hard to get in. “