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The Scottish Fest and Highland Games prides itself in having plenty of activities to do and see for visitors of all ages.

We'll have some great activities in 2024!

Sights, sounds, and activities include those below.
Anvil Launch!!

• Every Scottish Fest since the beginning has started and ended with the boom of black powder and the billowing grey smoke of the infamous anvil launch.

• The Split-The-Pot anvil launch ends the festival and games. If the anvil lands nearest to your plate (paper, of course), you won! You split the pot with a local charity or service organization.

The Anvil Launch is LOUD!

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Please Note: The anvil will be launched at the end of Opening Ceremonies and near the end of the fest.

Blackfeather Broadsword Academy
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Blackfeather Broadsword Academy teaches Scottish Broadsword and British Military Saber in the Tri-Cities Washington. In 2017 the instructors of Blackbird Training Group decided to branch out and explore Historic European Marital Arts (HEMA) with the help of the Cateran Society. Once they received their instructor's certificates from the society, they formed Blackfeather Broadsword Academy. After joining the HEMA Alliance Blackfeather trained with various groups in the Pacific Northwest, making connections and cross-pollinating styles and information with like-minded sword fighters. In 2018, Blackfeather held exhibition fights between their members and talked to the visitors to the games about the club as their first introduction to the public. In 2019, they held their first Single-stick Tournament, the Sagebrish Skirmish, attended by regional HEMA groups from Portland and Vancouver Washington.

Information on the 4th Annual Sagebrush Skirmish is available here.

Join them as they spar in friendly bouts and give short lectures about our school and generally nerd out about swords and sword fighting.

Email the General Chair ( for more information on 2024 activities.
Celtic Crafts

Both traditional and modern crafts can be seen at this year's festival, with the Textile Tudors spinning and weaving.

Live demonstrations of traditional and modern crafts.

Watch spinning, weaving, knitting, tatting and more. Try your hand at card weaving on a warp weighted loom.
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Children's Activities at Wee Scotland
  • Clan Passport Game
  • Coloring pages
  • Decorate your own sword (limited supplies)
  • Haggis Toss
  • Highland Golf
Gilded Thistle
Gilded Thistle is a non-profit volunteer traveling acting group of street performers who do an improvisation of life in a day with Mary Queen of Scots as she is just back from France. They perform children's knighting ceremonies for all those young and young at heart. Wonderful photo opportunities are created for all along with a magical time to meet Mary Queen of Scots. They will also roam about to visit with the clans and merchants, and helping at various activities about the festival.
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Highland Cattle from Flashover Farm
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2024 is Highland Cattle Hope's 11th year at the fest. Fest-goers have seen her grow up since she was a calf. Her own calves have joined her at previous fests.

Hope comes to us from her home at Flashover Farm.
Did you know:

The Highland cattle breed has been a part of the rugged remote Scottish Highlands for centuries. These cattle descended from the native cattle of Scotland and are named for the Highland region of Scotland.

The extremely harsh conditions encountered by the cattle created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. Improvement was made through selection alone; the Highland never had any introductions from other breeds.

Archaeological evidence of the breed goes back to the sixth century, with some written records existing from the twelfth century. The Highland Cattle Herd Book, first published in 1885, lists pedigrees since that time.

Originally there were two distinct classes of cattle:

1) The slightly smaller and usually black Kyloe, whose primary domain was the islands off the west coast of northern Scotland. The Kyloe name is due to their swimming across the straits (or kyloes) on their way to market on the mainland.

2) A larger animal, generally reddish in color, whose territory was the remote Highlands of Scotland.

Today both of these strains are regarded as one breed – Highland. In addition to red and black, yellow, dun, white, brindle and silver are also considered traditional colors.

Mature bulls can weigh around 1,500 to 1,800 lbs. Mature cows weigh around 900 to 1,200 lbs.

Read more general info about Highland cattle here and here.
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