Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: May 23 to 24, 2015

 

Southern California's Largest Scottish & Celtic Festival Coming to Costa Mesa, May 23 to 24

 

The charter of the non-profit United Scottish Society is to support the Scottish and Celtic traditions and culture while providing a learning  opportunity and experience to the general public. From the minute the festival opens at 9AM, until the minute that it closes at 6PM, everyone will have had the opportunity to truly appreciate and celebrate every aspect of the Scottish and Celtic culture at the 83rd Annual Scottish Fest produced by the United Scottish Society.

 

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Costa Mesa, California, May 12, 2015 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The United Scottish Society (USS), a non-profit organization, will be hosting its 83rd Scottish Fest (www.scottishfest.com) on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA from 9am to 6pm. The event will consist of the best in Scottish and Celtic heritage with sounds of bagpipes and drums to the smells of authentic Celtic foods and the sights of the traditional kilts.

 

Being on Memorial Day weekend the festival has embraced the opportunity to remember and give thanks to the men and women of the military by inviting those active and retired military with a valid military ID free entry into the festival. In addition, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing band from Miramar, California will perform. On Sunday morning there's an opportunity to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice at the Memorial Service officiated by Navy Chaplain Lt. Ted Leenerts (Ret). In addition, thanks will be given to the active and retired veterans for their service at the daily Salute to Veterans Program.

 

The festival is a family friendly event with a wide array of activities for all ages to enjoy. 

 

Scottish Fest will host the Western Regional Highland Dancing Championship that is a qualifier for the U.S. National Championship at the end of July in Atlanta, Ga. The Western Region has a pedigree of winners at the Nationals and last year was no different with Kaylee Finnegan, Emma Schiff and Erin Blair winning Championship titles at last year's competition.  Erin Blair is the current World Champion with her impressive win at the Cowel Games in Scotland last year.  Equally impressive is Kalyee's World Champion win in 2013 and runner up placing in 2014. 

 

The festival features an International Bagpipe and Drum Band Championship featuring approximately 23 competition bands.



To complete the experience there will be strenuous athletic competitions with big burly men and strong women throwing large objects in a feat of strength in the professional class athletic championship featuring the caber toss (telephone pole toss), Throwing the Weight, the Farmers Walk, Putting the Stone and Hammer Throw. These championships are extremely physical, mentally challenging and exciting to watch.

 

There are educational opportunities with sheep herding demos and "Learn to play the bagpipes" show. Children can also enjoy a large area with games, jumpers and more.

 

There's a plethora of Celtic shopping with about 60 vendors selling a wide variety of Celtic products from kilts, to sweets, to books and jewelry; from a sword to a sporran to a set of bagpipes - it can all be purchased at Scottish Fest.

 

With close to 70 Scottish clans and organizations on hand, tracing one's heritage can be a fulfilling experience of learning about the colorful and often bloody history.

 

The Scottish are not known for their cuisine but there will be a variety of scrumptious Celtic food and drink including haggis, fish 'n chips, steak and mushroom pies, corned beef sandwiches and bangers. In addition to fine beers, Scottish Fest has built its Whisky Tasting into one of the finest in Southern California by combining a unique hard to find variety of premium whiskies along with a knowledgeable and entertaining whisky master.

 

The 2015 music line-up at Scottish Fest is one of the best in festival history if not in Southern California with all the favorites like Bad Haggis, Wicked Tinkers, Neil O'Neill, Sligo Rags, Highland Way, and the Ploughboys. The musical performances span the spectrum of Celtic music from the troubadour Neil O'Neill to the cutting-edge Celtic fusion with rock by Bad Haggis. This will be the 16th year Bad Haggis brings their hearing-is-believing sonic experience to the festival. The band is led by “the most recorded piper of all time”, Eric Rigler. A few of his credits are Outlander, Braveheart, Titanic, Men in Black, and the Simpsons plus he's in demand by studios from Hollywood to Nashville to Abbey Road, bringing the timeless, haunting sonorities of the uilleann pipes, the Great Highland Bagpipe and whistle to audiences around the world.
 
The charter of the non-profit United Scottish Society is to support the Scottish and Celtic traditions and culture while providing a learning  opportunity and experience to the general public. From the minute the festival opens at 9AM, until the minute that it closes at 6PM, everyone will have had the opportunity to truly appreciate and celebrate every aspect of the Scottish and Celtic culture at the 83rd Annual Scottish Fest produced by the United Scottish Society.

 

Admission: Adult $18 Senior/Student $16;; Age 5-12  $3; Under 5 free

Web: www.scottishfest.com, Phone: (310) 951-4302

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Tom or Jennifer Reoch

Email: scottishfest@gmail.com

Phone: 310 951 4303

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Scottish Fest Usa

PO Box 2237, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, 90274

Web: www.scottishfest.com

 

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California, Costa Mesa, Event Date: May 23 to 24, 2015

Southern California's Largest Scottish & Celtic Festival Coming to Costa Mesa, May 23 to 24

The United Scottish Society (USS), a non-profit organization, will be hosting its 83rd Scottish Fest (www.scottishfest.com) on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA from 9am to 6pm. The event will consist of the best in Scottish and Celtic heritage with sounds of bagpipes and drums to the smells of authentic Celtic foods and the sights of the traditional kilts. Being on Memorial Day weekend the festival has embraced the opportunity to remember and give thanks to the men and women of the military by inviting those active and retired military with a valid military ID free entry into the festival. To complete the experience there will be strenuous athletic competitions with big burly men and strong women throwing large objects in a feat of strength in the professional class athletic championship featuring the caber toss (telephone pole toss), Throwing the Weight, the Farmers Walk, Putting the Stone and Hammer Throw. These championships are extremely physical, mentally challenging and exciting to watch. There's a plethora of Celtic shopping with about 60 vendors selling a wide variety of Celtic products from kilts, to sweets, to books and jewelry; from a sword to a sporran to a set of bagpipes - it can all be purchased at Scottish Fest. Admission: Adult $18 Senior/Student $16;; Age 5-12  $3; Under 5 free

Web: www.scottishfest.com, Phone: (310) 951-4302 

Event Name: Scottish Fest USA

Event Date: May 23 to 24, 2015

Event Location: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Admission: Adult $18 Senior/student $16;; Age 5-12 $3; Under 5 Free

Web: www.scottishfest.com, Phone: (310) 951-4302

 


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