2022, the Board of Directors and Organizers were thrilled to host the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games in person and welcomed close to 26,000 visitors during the event. The celebrations began earlier in the week with a taster of the weekend to come. Entertainment was provided by a selection of excellent bands and performers in various locations in and around Fergus. On Friday evening, the gates were open once more in the Centre Wellington Sportsplex. Cabers were flying, kilts were birling, and pipes were skirling as visitors were treated to an exhilarating weekend of world-class entertainment.
An international line-up of talented artists brought Celtic flair to the weekend with their unique styles. The schedule was packed full of events to suit everyone, from Highland Dance, Massed Bands, Clan Gatherings and Heavy Events competitions to whisky tastings and an elegant brunch with the Outlander star Duncan Lacroix and author Diana Gabaldon.
It was amazing to experience the live format and energy of the community coming together again, whether Scottish or not. Guests shared their enthusiasm on social media and are already looking forward to next year.
Carolynn S. “I was there for my first time on Saturday. I had such a good time!! I can’t wait to go again next year.”
Dan L. “Loved it and glad to have experienced it again after a 2-year hiatus!!!”
Nova P. “Thank you Fergus for such an amazing weekend. I feel a new fire in my bones after being introduced to bagpipes at this festival. I was very pleased to learn a great deal about my heritage.”
Elizabeth Bender, Executive Director, Fergus Scottish Festival said: “From the Board of Directors and Festival office, we want to thank all our Festival guests for supporting us through our first Festival in three years. As our first event following the pandemic, we are overwhelmed by the kindness that you demonstrated as we navigated our way through, bringing you the best and safest Festival experience. Your thoughtful words and heartfelt messages have warmed our hearts, and we can’t wait to do this again next year.”
The Festival is grateful for the support received and offers a most sincere thank-you to the dedicated volunteers, talented competitors, performers, special guests, local businesses, sponsors, government grantors, and patrons. Stay informed of Festival happenings and get up-to-date information about the 2023 event through the Facebook page @FergusScottishFestival and Twitter @FergusScotFest. Like and follow them as they remain true to their commitment to bring you Scotland — without the airfare. Save the dates for 11th to 13th August, 2023, when the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be back at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex. Haste ye back!
The Fergus Scottish Festival is an annual three-day celebration of Scottish heritage. For more details see: www.fergusscottishfestival.com