Highland Games set for June 29
After drawing a record crowd at last year’s Alaska Scottish Highland Games, event chair Chris Anderson is hoping to repeat history this year.
Anderson estimated 8,000 people — 3,000 more than the previous record — participated in the annual Scottish festivities at Eagle River’s Lions Park last year.
Anderson said she ordered 10,000 wrist bands to accommodate what she hopes will be another record-setting year for attendance.
“It’s definitely a growing event,” she said.
Nothing new is debuting at the 32nd annual Games, Anderson said, but all of the fan-favorite events are returning.
Professional athletes will compete in traditional games, including caber, stone and hammer tosses.
The always-popular Scotch tasting tent is returning for a third year, Anderson said.
“That’s definitely a big event,” she said.
And the day wouldn’t be complete without pipers, drummers and plenty of Scottish fare to sample.
Celtica Pipes Rock is headlining the evening concert.
Overall, it’s a great day of Scottish fun, Anderson said.
“It’s a good way to show your culture,” she said. “Whether people are Scottish or not, they have a great time.”
Such a large event wouldn’t be possible without support from volunteers, Anderson said. Those who volunteer for two hours receive free admission to the Games.
“We’re always looking for people who want to get more involved,” Anderson said.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Anderson at 243-7255. Athletes, vendors, pipers and drummers can still sign up for the event by visiting www.alaskascottish.org/games.html.
Tickets for the Alaska Scottish Highland Games, which will be held June 29, can be purchased in advance during the month of May at The Book Shelf in Eagle River and Celtic Treasures in Anchorage for $12.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 16. At the gate, tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.