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Scotland County Events

Kuumba and Highland Games Mark Festival Season in Scotland County!

September and October mark the festival season in Scotland County.  Come join us as we celebrate the melting pot that is Scotland County. 

Kuumba  - September 27 & 28

Presented by the African American Heritage Committee, the festivities begin Friday, Sept. 27th  with a pageant and the crowning of Miss Kuumba.  The celebration then shifts Saturday, Sept. 28th to Market Park in Laurinburg, where music, food and the arts of Africa come alive. Kuumba is truly an event for the community and the whole family.

  Artist and craftsmen showing and selling their work   

  Educational and African artifacts exhibit

  Chefs cooking on the grill, many with an African flair      

  Live music, drumming and dancing

  Storytelling         Kid’s activities         Fashion Show         Pageant         Socializing      

Visit http://www.kuumbafestnc.comfor more information or call 910-276-4345

Scotland County Highland Games  - October 5th

Watch athletes compete in traditional events, such as tossing the Scottish hammer and stone throws.  Ever heard of the sheaf toss?  That’s throwing a 20-pound bail of straw straight up over a high bar using a pitchfork.  For the little pros out there, we have events that kids love to try – you can preregister for the kids games at 

A full spectrum of events will be offered at the Games: Clan and Society tents, food and merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, Scottish musical and dance entertainment, sheep dog demonstrations, EUSPBA sanctioned solo piping and drumming competitions, a pipe and drum band competition, and a highland dance competition. For more information, visit:

John Blue Festival – Oct. 12 & 13

Join us October 12th and 13th for the 30th Annual John Blue Cotton Festival held at the John Blue Complex in Laurinburg.  

See a team of mules hitched to an authentic cotton gin used before the Civil War. Check out the goods in the old-time General Store. Thrill to the Cotton Blossom Railroad, powered by a miniature steam locomotive. See how a 19th century mill cut shingles for a house, or how a country grist mill turned out sacks of corn meal.

The kids can play old-time farm games or go on a hayride. Enjoy live music, storytellers, and dancers on our outdoor stage. Tour the John Blue House, a magnificent example of Steamboat Gothic architecture, built entirely of heart of pine lumber from trees on the grounds.  And visit the museum, with its antique tractors, cars, and original farm equipment. Visit