The Queen Mary is proud to welcome back the annual celebration of authentic Scottish heritage at ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVII on February 15-16, 2020. This year’s festival will present two new athletic competitions: the North American Lightweight Women’s Championship, and the Stones of Strength series addition to the men’s competition schedule.
The North American Lightweight Women’s Championship will crown the 2020 Champion on Sunday, February 16. The top lightweight women in the United States will be competing in all nine Scottish heavy events such as caber toss, throwing the weight, the hammer throw, putting the shot, and the sheaf toss.
The Championship Class athletic roster includes several current World Record Holders, with athletes including: Emily Hilty (Wyoming) World Record Holder and 1st place overall winner at the 2017 Championship, Mikaela Sullivan (Arizona) World Record Holder and 3rd place winner of the 2017 and 2018 Championships, Nicole Davis (Utah) Top Ranked Utah State Lightweight athlete, Lauren Phelan (Nevada) 5th place overall winner at the 2018 Championship, Danielle Moorad (Utah) second time competitor at the Championships, Beth Amman (Utah) first time competitor at the Championship, Rachel Smith (Arizona) third time competitor at the Championships, Heidi Norman (Utah) fourth time competitor at the Championships and competitor in the Master’s World Championship, and Rebecca Smith (Arizona), the youngest competitor and first time competitor in the Championships.
The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival will once again welcome the All-American Professional Highland Games featuring the highest level of professional Scottish athletes competing in several categories of traditional Highland events, with final scores entered into the North American Scottish Games Athletics database. Those scores generate the invitations to Professional Highland games, which are invitation only and based on success in competition.
New to the North American Professional Male Championship in 2020 is the Stones of Strength series, during which athletes are required to lift a number of natural stone boulders onto platforms of varying heights. The competitor who manages to lift all the stones in the fastest time wins – if they fail to lift all the stones, the number of stones and the time taken to load them is recorded.
Throughout the weekend festival goers can also witness competitions in Highland Dancing, piping, drumming, marching, and darts, plus Scottish reenactments and cultural demonstrations. Between competitions guests can look out for Border Collie Sheep Herding, falconry demonstrations, or even try their hand at axe throwing, archery or Scottish country dancing with classes provided by Royal Scottish Dance Companies. Live music performances by Bad Haggis and California Celts will be sure to draw crowds to the Stirling Stage. The wee laddies and lassies can take part in mini Highland Games including caber toss, archery, potato sack races and tug o’ war.
Tickets to the Queen Mary’s 27th annual ScotsFestival and International Highland Games are on sale now and start at $25 online for adults (ages 12+) and $15 online for children (ages 4-11) for one day general admission. Children under the age of four do not require a ticket. VIP tickets start at $45 online for adults, $35 online for children, granting VIP entry, access to shaded VIP lounge and bar, ScotsFestival t-shirt, and access to Cèilidh on Saturday night. Upgrades and ticket add-ons are available. Visit queenmary.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
This article was released by the Queen Mary.