Alma Highland Festival and Games

Alma Highland Festival and Games

May, Memorial Day weekend
Like other American cities and towns founded or settled primarily by Scots, Alma, Michigan, celebrates its Scottish heritage by holding a traditional Highland Festival for three days in late May each year. The festival was originated by a local resident who attended the Scottish games in Boston in 1962 and decided that a similar event should be held in Alma, a city founded by Scots and with a Scottish name.
Activities include Scottish athletic events, border collie demonstrations, fiddling contests, an arts and crafts show, piping, drumming, and highland dancing. Participants come from all over the United States and Canada, and some even come from Scotland. The food served at the festival includes meat pies, haggis (a traditional Scottish dish made from the heart, liver, etc. of a sheep or calf, minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the animal), bridies (hot sausage or meat rolls), and shortbread.
See also Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans; Highland Games; and Virginia Scottish Games
CONTACTS:
Alma Highland Festival
110 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801
989-463-8979; fax: 989-463-6588
www.almahighlandfestival.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 91