Highlander Fest in UP to celebrate Scottish heritage and show traditional Highland games

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ST. IGNACE, MI – The second annual Highlanders Festival in St. Ignace is set to be a celebration of Scottish heritage, including traditional Highland games.

The Highland Games will be the centerpiece of this family festival. Events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Coast Guard Park, 1075 Huron St. in St. Ignace. There will also be music, a beer tent, food trucks and “Clan Row”.

A true spectator sport, the Highland Games will include caber throwing, hammer throwing, sheaf throwing and stone throwing. All athletes will wear Scottish kilts for the competition.

A woman competes in the Highland Games during the 2021 Highland Festival in St. Ignace, Michigan. The 2022 event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11.Image of St. Ignatius Visitors Bureau

The Pub Runners, from Gaylord, will play popular Irish folk music throughout the day. At 4 p.m., Glen Erin Pipe and Drum from Lansing will perform.

“Clan Row” will feature stalls from several Michigan chapters of Scottish clans, allowing guests to learn about their lineage, tartan and more.

“This event was so much fun last year and was very successful,” said Quincy Ranville, Events Manager for the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau. “We can’t wait to see what this year’s new additions will do for this unique, family-friendly event.”

The Visitors Bureau organizes the festival with the Michigan Highlanders.

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