Round up the clan and think plaid, because on May 27 and 28, itís all about Scottish.
The celebratory Scottish Festival, the 74th annual U.S.S. Highland Games, returns to Fairplex in Pomona, with a weekend of games, drummers and pipers, Highland dancers and competition, Scottish gifts and foods, brogues, kilts, drones, plaid, and all things tartan. The United Scottish Society of Southern California presents the activities.
Traditional Scottish family entertainment is presented including the caber toss (a pole or rafter), putting the stone (similar to a shot put), and the hammer throw, food and drink Ė Scottish meat pies, steak and mushroom pie, fish and chips, bangers and haggis, albeit a somewhat modified version.
Further energizing the lively event are appearances by more than 20 competition bands, 60 clans, fiddlers, Royal Scottish Country Dancers and harpists. Scottish folk singers Alex Beaton and Joann Gilmartin, Celtic rock bands Wicked Tinkers & Tempest and John Allan & Bad Haggis are also scheduled to take to the stage.
Whiskey tasting is at the Sheraton Suites Fairplex on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. To partake requires an additional charge. Hours for the Scottish Festival are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, ages 65 and over $16, ages 5-12 $2. Ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Two-day admission is $22 for adults, $18 for ages 65+, $4 ages 5-12. Discounted tickets are available at the eventís Web site, www.unitedscottishsociety.com. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.