If you’ve been wondering why your neighbor is practicing his caber tossing and why your wife is fitting you for a kilt, it’s because the Scottish festival is here again.
The fifth annual Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival will be staged Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18. The festival celebrates the city’s Scottish culture and is one of the most popular events of the year, the city website states.
Visitors can enjoy Scottish bands and musicians performing throughout the weekend as well as an afternoon of athletics at the Highland Games, plus heritage societies, Scottish and Irish dancing, a Scottish Reenactment Camp, vendors, and much more.
The festival, which begins Friday morning with the Scottish Highland Golf Classic at Mount Dora Country Club, gets into full swing with the Night of the Tartan from 7-10pm Friday at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. The city will celebrate with a Scottish ceilidh, which is a night of dancing, music, and Scottish heritage activities. The program includes music from the Tartan Terrors, North America’s premier Celtic band, and the introduction of the newly established City of Mount Dora Pipes and Drums. Everyone is invited to join in the free Scottish celebration.
The Highland Games and remaining festivities are scheduled from 10am-5pm Saturday at Gilbert Park, 310 S. Tremain St. The lineup for the free event includes athletic competitions such as the caber toss and stone put, a clan parade, dancing, sheep herding and border collies, bagpipes, and traditional Scottish food and merchandise. This family-friendly day will be filled with music, food and fun, and is open to the public.