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Scotland County Highland Games

Scottish Games Come To Laurinburg, NC


The Scotland County Highland Games will take place at the historic John Blue Home and Historical Complex ( in Laurinburg, North Carolina on the weekend of October 2-4.


Located in the heart of the largest Scottish settlement in the United States, this gathering will offer an immersion into the Scottish-American experience in this region.  The organizers of the Scotland County Highland Games look forward to bringing Scottish Games back to this region, and look forward to your support as we work to build a quality event filled with entertainment, education, family fun, and fellowship.

“it is exciting that this region, which was home to one of the largest settlements of Highland Scots in North America, will have a festival of this type to celebrate and honor this heritage," said Bill Caudill, director of the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a member of the steering committee for the event. "Scottish gatherings of this caliber bring large numbers of people into the communities where they are held, and it is only fitting that Scotland County be able to host such a celebration.”


A full spectrum of events will be offered at the Games.  Clan and Society tents, quality vendors, five pipe bands, amateur athletic competitions, Scottish dance demonstrations, and EUSPBA sanctioned solo piping and drumming competitions will be offered, in addition to Scottish musical entertainment, sheep dog demonstrations, and special children’s athletic events where all participants can wear a kilt provided by us. 

To date, 33 Clans have announced their attendance including Clan MacLaren Society of North America who has chosen our games as the host event for their Annual North American Meeting and Gathering.  Our honorary Co-Chairman for the event is regional native Donald F. MacDonald, co-founder of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.


We will be finalizing and passing on to you a schedule shortly, but want to take this opportunity to inform you on some of the wonderful people that will be joining us.  The music is highlighted by the following folks:

RONA WILKIE -- Direct from our sister city of Oban, Rona is an enchanting Scottish fiddler and Gaelic singer.  She has guested with the Scottish supergroup "Capercailllie" and currently performs with several groups in her native Argyll as well as around Edinburgh where she is a student at the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University.


GAEL WARNING -- The "new" lineup of this Charlotte-based Celtic group will debut here at the SCHG.  Frontmen Dave McKenzie and Jeff Chester promise to have a Celtic groove goin' on for our visitors!


DANNY AND JUNE INFANTINO -- This local jazz guitar and flute duo aren't as well known as they should be for their enchanting Celtic repertoire.  They will be sure to delight the listener.


These groups will be performing on the field on Saturday.  On Saturday night at the CEILIDH at CYPRESS BEND VINEYARD we'll also hear more from RONA WILKIE, DANNY AND JUNE INFANTINO as well as THE MERROWS (featuring the former fiddler for Celtic Soul).  In addition the ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE PIPE BAND will also perform.


Another important group is the athletes.   We have been fortunate to have received word that many of the best competitors from North and South Carolina will be joining us in Laurinburg.  Those scheduled to attend include:  Jeff Crouch, Jason Gaston, Dan McWhorter, Ryan McDougal, Chris Rollison, Josh Aydlette, Chris St. Clair, Hondo Somers, Will Hancock, Jess Aydlette, and Andrew Norris.


Come join us, we look forward to meeting everyone in October.


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