Seaside Highland Games is held the second weekend in
October each year at beautiful Seaside Park—the County
Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. This year’s event dates are
October 8, 9 & 10 and festivities will be launched on Friday
evening with a raft of fun events at the Four Points Sheraton
Hotel, one of the Games’ Special Host Hotels. A Single Malt
Scotch tasting is being offered for those so inclined (and
about a hundred were “inclined” last year) ! This year
arrangements have been made for twice that number wishing to
study samplings of these unique beverages. Following
immediately is a time for great food and fine entertainment.
“A Scottish Evening” commences with a fine buffet supper, live
entertainment by the Festival’s world-class performers (the
incomparable Alex Beaton, The Browne Sisters & George
Cavanaugh and Celtic songbird Linda Dewar) and a
Scottish Fashion Show.
the Fairground will begin even before the gates open at 9 AM
on Saturday and Sunday. So many Scottish Highland Dancers are
competing that every minute of both days will find that stage
area aflutter with colorfully costumed dancers vying for
trophies and titles. The same holds for the Scottish Heavy
Athletic competitors. These behemoth-sized young men will be
tossing stones and weights for height and distance and will
amaze the crowds in their attempts to turn the caber, the
telephone pole-like tree trunk. Participation is allowed and
encouraged with the Scottish Country Dancers in McBride Hall
and for all youngsters in the vast Children’s Glen.
Bagpipers, drummers and pipe bands will all be in competition
and the skirl of the pipes can be heard from one end of “Clan
Row” to the other. Clan Row is the weekend home of sixty to
seventy Scottish Clan Societies who have unfurled flags and
banners in a colorful array and stand ready to help you find
an unknown Scottish connection or just to share a bit of
history, genealogy or simple fellowship.
entertainment stages will be alive with the performers already
named and a fine selection of more contemporary stars
including Eric Rigler & Bad Haggis, The Wicked Tinkers and Tom
MacLear and his group MACLEAR.
beverage and merchandise vendors abound in and around the
Fairgrounds’ massive Halls where you can purchase British and
American products to eat, drink and wear. Tartan is
everywhere and going home with a swatch of the homeland’s
goods is on many a shopper’s mind (especially with the
holidays fast approaching).
Bydand Forever, the Gordon Highlanders from San Diego and the
Drummond Ranch Herding Dog Demonstrations in Morgan Arena.
The Grand Parade and Opening Ceremonies at noon on Saturday, a
special dedication called Kirkin’ of the Tartans on Sunday
morning and a wrap-up of the weekend’s results commence with a
Massed Bands Closing Ceremony.
information call Games Headquarters at 818-886-4968 or e-mail
SeasideChief@aol.com or visit the website: