Looking for the 2009 Kansas City Scottish Festival - click here
The information below relates to the 2007 festival.
The 2007 Kansas City Highland Games is on this weekend, Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 at the E.H. Young Riverfront Park in Riverside, MO.
As well as the games, you get to hear a lot of music, much of it Irish.
If you’ve never seen the actual Highland Games in question, where for the most part large tattooed men in kilts toss all kinds of heavy and awkward shaped objects around by all manner of methods, well it’s worth looking at.
Honestly, I’ve been to a lot of these things and once you figure out how each event works you find yourself cheering louder than you might at a tractor-pull.
Of particular interest to the Irish community is the entertainment schedule where we have the usual overlap of bands who perform tunes from Scotland and Ireland. Such is history.
The usual caveats, of the schedule being subject to change and being approximate, apply. Links are a mixture of band websites and where the performers have been discussed on Irish KC before.
Friday, June 8th
Saturday, June 9th
12:00pm Clan Parade/Pipe Bands
1:00 pm Antioch Middle School Scottish Fiddlers
1:55 pm Bob Reeder
2:30 pm Hazel Whyte
3:30 pm Rowan
4:15 pm Pipe Band
5:00 pm Kelly
6:00 pm Tullamore
6:45 pm Pipe Band
7:00 pm Uncle Dirtytoes
Master of Ceremonies will be Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen
The Kansas City Scottish Highland Games takes place at the E.H.Young Riverfront Park in Riverside, MO, on the north bank of the Missouri River just east of I-635 & 69 (east of Argosy Casino)
Friday, June 8 : 6-11 pm
Saturday, June 9 : 9 am-11 pm
Rain or Shine
$15 for Friday or for Saturday, or $25 for both days
$5 for Kids aged 6-12 Fri or Sat, $10 for both days
FREE kids under 6 (hide them in your clothing)
There is so much more than I’ve mentioned here at the Highland Games Festival, there’s piping, dancing, harping, historical re-enactors, kids’ stuff, heritage stuff, gaelic language classes, the clans will be there, so will livestock, vendors, etc. etc.
There’s always much more pagentry at a Scottish festival than an Irish festival. It’s a sunny weekend in Kansas City, go enjoy some flags flying.
Visit the official website for a ton of more information