The Seaside Highland Games
will return to the California Coast and the City of Ventura on October
7, 8 & 9 for a Third Annual Festival of Scottish Culture and
Celtic Fun ! In the two prior Festivals, the Seaside Games hosted
nearly twenty thousand guests and expect that number to leap
dramatically this year ! “We are looking to welcome fifteen thousand
to the Park this October,” says Chief John Lowry. Beautiful
Seaside Park, the Ventura County Fairgrounds, is transformed into a full
Scottish village with displays of every aspect of life in “Auld Scotia.”
Friday, October 7
will be a day packed with special events. At 2 PM, members of the
Scottish American Athletic Association (SAAA) will demonstrate some of
their dramatic throws—of stones, weights & cabers—at their new Athletic
Field on Lot B for press and photographers. Public is admitted free of
charge to enjoy this afternoon’s preparatory activities. Later, beginning
at 5 PM Friday, the Four Points Sheraton will host a Single Malt
Scotch Tasting. Come and test your palate with some of the best
Scotland has to offer. Then, at 6:30 PM the doors open for our aptly
named “A Scottish Evening” event which will have you tucking into a
fine buffet supper, listening to excellent live Scottish entertainment (by
renowned musicians Alex Beaton and the Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh)
and enjoying a show of the latest Designer Scottish Fashions.
Mother/Daughter Fashion Coordinators, Lynda Graham Gould and Jamie Porter
Sorenson will have some neat surprises in models and modes !
Activities on the Fairgrounds will begin even
before gates open at 9 AM on Saturday. So many Scottish
Highland Dancers will compete that their stage just inside the front
gates will be a-buzz all day both Saturday and Sunday. More fun events
have been added to the amazing Children’s Glen—which now has
everything from an exotic critters petting zoo and children’s athletics to
archaeology digs. Scottish Country Dancers will be keeping a beat
to live musicians in McBride Hall this year. Some excellent Vendors
will display all manner of goods to tempt you in Anacapa and San Miguel
Halls and a wonderful entertainment venue in San Miguel—sponsored by
KHAY 100.7 FM—will showcase Celtic Spring and Men of Worth.
A live broadcast with Dave Bradley will be featured on Saturday.
Alex and the Brownes
will hold forth on the Pacific Surfliner Stage across from the Food
Court where you may sample some of the finest in Celtic food and drink.
The wail of bagpipes will draw you to the Pipe and Drum Competitions
through the Food Court onto Lot C. Returning to Clan Row, you may
continue toward the “Whisky Stage” occupied by Eric Rigler & his band
Bad Haggis and Ventura’s very own Warren Casey with
The Wicked Tinkers.
the crack Gordon Highlander reenactors, and Drummond Ranch Herding Dog
Demonstrations will occupy a very busy Morgan Arena at the end
of Clan Row. For an impressive massed bands demonstration, plan on
attending the Opening Ceremonies & Grand Parade at noon on
Saturday. You are invited to attend a special inter-denominational
Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service at 9:30 AM on Sunday. A Massing of
ALL competition and guest bands will bring color and sound to both
days of the Festival and the Massed Bands and Closing Ceremonies
will round out the weekend Sunday at 4:30 PM.
For more information call Games Headquarters
at 818-886-4968 or e-mail