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The 2023 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition

The town of Fergus, Ontario, is abuzz with excitement as it prepares to host the annual Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games from August 11th to 13th.

This year's festival promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with music, dance, sports, and Scottish heritage.

Here's everything you need to know about the event:

A thistle in full bloom
A symbol of heritage as Fergus prepares for the 2023 Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

2023 Fergus Scottish Festival Media Event

This week, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the 2023 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games media event. This is a big year for the festival, and organizers have gone above and beyond to ensure that this year's festival will truly celebrate Scottish culture.

We even got a chance to toss a caber.

I attended with Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy and filmed a few segments with competitor Jamie Trask and festival board President Matthew Bennett-Monty.

Heavy weights competitor looking up to the top of caber
Caber Toss is one of the featured Heavy Events

Here are a few photographs from the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games media event:

During the media event, we were treated to an exclusive look at special guests, musical performances, and a firsthand look at the preparations for the World Heavy Events Championships.

What truly stands out to me is the sense of community and pride that resonated for preserving and celebrating Scottish heritage.

I'm thrilled to share these details with you and can't wait for you to experience the magic of the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games.

Stay tuned for more updates, and I hope to see you there!

Location and Venues

The festival will be held at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex, with additional events throughout Fergus, including Templin Gardens, Fergus Legion, and local businesses like the Brew House on the Grand and Highland Pub.

Gate Times

  • Friday: 5pm

  • Saturday: 8am

  • Sunday: 8am

World Heavy Events Championships

The Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games will host the World Heavy Events Championships. For more information on the Heavy Events, visit here.

Special Guests

This year's 2023 festival has many incredible special guests:

  • Actor Richard Rankin from the TV series Outlander

  • Musical special guest: Glass Tiger

  • Musical Guests: Albannach

Find out more about the featured guest here.

Four Pillars of Highland Games

Four pillars of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games are heavy events, highland dance, clans and heritage, pipes and drums.

Here are links to learn more:

  1. Heavy Events: Learn more

  2. Highland Dance: Learn more

  3. Clans & Heritage: Learn more

  4. Pipes & Drums: Learn more

Downtown Parade

Don't miss the annual Downtown Parade "Pipes, Plaid, and Pageantry" in Downtown Fergus on Thursday, starting at 7:30 pm.

Personal Experience

I've been thrilled to be involved with the Festival for several years, working on filming, photography, and content creation. Capturing these exciting moments and creating a music video for David Leask has been a highlight of my experience.

Here's David Leask performing Tartan Kiss of Fergus

See more of our filming and exclusive coverage here.

More Information

For additional information, please visit the official website.

The 2023 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games is shaping to be a spectacular celebration of Scottish culture and tradition. Whether you're a lover of music, dance, sports or simply looking to experience the rich heritage of Scotland, this festival has something for everyone.

Mark your calendars and join us for a weekend filled with fun, excitement, and Scottish pride!



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