St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival

You’ve just got to love a festival where the scotch tasting begins at 9:30 am. Maybe that’s just me. But if you too like a full-day of whisky and log throwing, we have the place for you.

bagpipesThe Scottish Games and Cultural Festival will be held again in Chesterfield, close to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, on September 29 and 30. The festival kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. and there’s a rush to get into the thick of things with a sheepdog demonstration at 4:15 p.m.! Dusk brings the Torchlight Ceremony and the calling of the clans; I looked at the represented clans for 2016 and did not find a listing or tartan for Edwards, but I’ll fall in with Clan Murray of Athole, just on principle.

oxHonestly, I’m in the dark about many of the activities but will list them here in case your knowledge of Scottish games and fun surpasses mine.

Friday – Sept. 29, 2017

  • 4pm: Gates Open to the Public
  • 4:15pm: Sheepdog Demonstration (Not sure what they’re demonstrating, but it’s at least possible that it’s cooking utensils)
  • 4-5:30pm: Athletics Demonstrations (Somebody’s going to throw a huge log, you can bet.)
  • 5:40pm: Opening Ceremonies Begin
  • 5:45pm: Folk Concert with Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse & John Taylor
  • Dusk: Torchlight Ceremony
  • 8pm: Laphroaig Celtic Rock Concert
  • ~10pm: Friday events end


Saturday – Sept. 30, 2017

Throughout Saturday

  • Scottish athletic competitions including the world-famous caber toss (Oh yeah!)
  • Highland dancing demonstrations
  • Scotch tasting
  • Piping, drumming and massed pipebands
  • Folk music
  • Celtic rock music
  • Sheep herding demonstrations
  • Scottish and American food and beverages (No word from the Haggis Tent thus far)
  • Children’s Activities (Does NOT include scotch)

I just don’t see how this day can be missed! It has everything!

If you agree, the tickets are available online at Scottish Festival Tickets or at the gate. For more information visit

Photos courtesy of Mark Sutherland.