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By Meghan Godby

Have a case of wanderlust, but no time for an international trip? You’re in luck. In just a few short weeks, the Colorado Scottish Festival will come to the town of Edgewater. Hosted by the St. Andrew Society of Colorado, it is the longest running Scottish Highland Games in the state, which has previously been held in locations such as Golden, Highlands Ranch and Snowmass Village.

The festival is in a similar vein to that of the Edgewater Celtic Harvest Festival, which ran for eight years before it was canceled due to a lack of management resources. The Colorado Scottish Festival is a completely separate event, however. Much larger in scale (nearly 10,000 attendees are expected over the weekend), it will offer a unique taste of Scottish culture both figuratively and literally. Experience officially sanctioned Highland games accented by bagpipes, dancing and other Celtic cultural demonstrations.

In fact, the whole weekend will be bustling with activity. There will be live music (including a Saturday evening concert by Angus Mohr, a local Celtic rock group), Dogs of the British Isles, authentic Celtic food and shopping, competitions, reenactments and more! Are you a genealogy buff? You’ll have a chance to research your Scottish heritage and find your clan.

Other highlights include a British Car Show (Sunday), a whisky tasting (separate ticket required) and a bake sale fundraiser hosted by the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers.

Heather Miller is a Games Marshal for both the Colorado Scottish Festival and the Rocky Mountain Highland Games. Both organizations have special meaning to her; not only have both her and her daughter been competitive Highland dancers, but her family has strong Scottish heritage.

“I grew up in New Hampshire with a father who played the bagpipes [as well as] grandparents from Scotland,” she shared.

It’s difficult for her to pick her favorite part of the festival, but she stresses that there’s something for everyone.

“The live historical re-enactments make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time,” she explains.

The event is affordable, educational and family friendly. Tickets cost $10 each day ($5 a day for children, seniors and military). Are you an Edgewater resident? Even better! You’ll get in completely free - just bring proof of residence. Children under 12 are free as well.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 4, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 5.

The festival relies heavily on volunteers; if you’re interested in helping out, contact volunteer@scottishgames.org or fill out the contact form on their website. Additionally, the Society is a 501(c)(3) and accepts tax-deductible donations and sponsorships.

For tickets, a complete event schedule and information on VIP packages, visit www.scottishgames.org.