I just returned form the 2014 Scottish Highland Games in Winter Springs. This was my first time going after it was recommended by a good friend who has been going to this popular festival when it used to be held at the nearby dog track. Needless to say it was a much smaller event back then. I made it out to the event early this morning to avoid parking congestion, and I was glad I did because upon leaving I passed lines of cars waiting to get into the parking zones.
I brought my two young children along hoping there would be enough at the event to keep them busy and I am glad to say it did not disappoint. We started off in the kids zone where there were many activities for kids to partake in. We then caught some Quidditch (Harry Potter) teams warming up for the next mach and saw a real life character from the Disney movie “Brave”.
After strolling through vendors selling everything of Scottish, Irish or English origin we watched the border collie sheepherding demonstration followed by the March of the Clans, where clans strut their stuff on the parade grounds while several groups of bagpipes play their best Scottish renditions of classic songs.
We wolfed down some Scottish eggs on our way to see the caber toss competition then ended the day watching traditional Scottish dancing and a trounce on the playground, perfect for active kids who like to climb.
All in all it was a nice day and there were plenty of activities for the kids to keep them busy and allow me some time to enjoy a beer or two. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors in a nice setting and it was very organized. Just be patient if you arrive a little late as you might be waiting in some lines.