The Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Everyone is Scottish (for at least one weekend).  Each June, we celebrate with our family-friendly, two day festival. In 2024, we moved to the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.  About 15,000 people join us each year for a variety of Scottish activities and attractions from the iconic caber toss to the largest bagpiping and drumming championship in North America. There is truly something for everyone with our Highland Dancing competition, children’s activities, dogs of Scotland, a British Car show, a Celtic rock stage, knobbly knees contest, whisky tasting, genealogy and much more! At our marketplace you can buy everything Scottish….kilts, candy, jewelry and of course shortbread and haggis!

2024 Competition Winners

Pipe Band Competition
1st Place – Grade 1: St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band
1st Place – Grade 2: Ulster Scottish Pipe Band
1st Place – Grade 3: Vale United Pipe Band
1st Place – Grade 4: 87th Cleveland Pipe Band
1st Place – Grade 5: Kansas City Saint Andrew Pipes and Drums

Solo Competitions
For the full list of MWPBA solo results, please click here.

Clan Awards
Best Pageantry in Parade – Clan Gunn
Best Presentation in Parade – Clan Buchanan
Best Tent by a Clan – Clan Donnachaidh

British Car Show
1st place: Harold Bullard – 1967 Morris Minor Traveller (Woody)
2nd place: Jolie Fredette -1955 MG TF 1500
3rd place: Bill Kalafut – 1953 MG YB

Haggis Hurling
Joanne Sherry

Haggis Eating
Mark Ogarek

Shortbread Competition
Traditional: Kathryn Herzog
Flavored: Kathryn Herzog

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See below for photos from the 2023 Scottish Festival and Highland Games.