By Conrad Dudderar
Scottish highland games, food and music highlight a Scottish heritage festival this weekend in Yukon.
The annual Stirling Classic (AKA Iron Thistle) Scottish Festival will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12 at Mollie Spencer Farm, 1001 S Garth Brooks Blvd. Festivities kicked off Friday night with a fire ceremony.
The festival features live entertainment including Celtic and pipe bands, Scottish and Irish dance troupes as well as traditional Scottish heavy athletics, cow and sheep herding demonstrations, Celtic merchandise, Scottish and American cuisine, kids’ crafts, and games.
Nearly 100 male and female athletes have pre-registered to compete in contests of strength and skills – like the sheaf bag toss, Scottish hammer throw, caber toss, “Braemer Stone” toss, and open stone toss.
Several bands will provide music during the two-day celebration – Scotland Rising, Whiskey and Pie, the Highlanders, Flowers of Edinburgh, the Oklahoma Fire Pipes and Drums, and the Highlanders Pipe and Drums.
A variety of vendors will be on the festival grounds, featuring Guinness, Angry Scotsman Brewing Co., Scars and Stripes Coffee, Texas Scots, Black Anvil Supplements, Kona Ice, 2nd Street Cigars, Chosen Few Apparel, and more.
Everyone is welcome to the 14th annual Scottish festival in Yukon.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for military veterans and first responders. Children ages 9 years and under are admitted free.
The festival venue, the 33-acre Mollie Spencer Farm, is located on the original Chisholm Trail.
For several decades, the site has hosted annual special events like the Chisholm Trail Festival, Easter on the Prairie and the Scottish heritage festival.