Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games Announces 37th Year of Festivities in East Tennessee

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The 37th annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games will offer a weekend of authentic Scottish Highland festivities the entire clan can enjoy May 19-20 on the grounds of historic Maryville College, located at 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

For $35 per weekend pass, guests can take a trip back in time to experience Celtic music and dancing, genealogical research, sheep dog demonstrations, a dog show and parade, Celtic food, merchandise and much more.

There are several ticket packages available at early bird discount prices, including the full weekend package. Early bird discounts end on May 17. Children under 16 years old are admitted free, and there is no charge for parking.

The Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games are East Tennessee’s oldest and premier celebration of Scottish culture and heritage, originally founded in 1981. Maryville is home of the Scots, inhabited by early Scots-Irish settlers—people of extraordinary courage, determination and a pioneering spirit. The Games are a nod to the rich traditions and history of these settlers and take place against the picturesque backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The event offers a take on classic challenges like open stone put, hammer throw, caber toss, sheaf toss and more. All competitions have a men’s and women’s division. More than 100 athletes are set to participate in these competitions.

Two concert stages featuring Celtic music will entertain guests for the duration of the event. Two notable Scottish bands Albannach, an award-winning band with a unique tribal sound that includes pipes, didgeridoo and drums will perform along with the Tannahill Weavers, one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bag Pipe. In 2011, the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, May 21, the Festival will host Scotch tastings 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. May 21 at Profit Dining Hall. All tastings require a separate ticket purchase.

A 5K and half marathon, which have become increasingly popular events, now boast more than 500 runners and will take place Sunday, May 20.

In 2017, the event had a record-breaking Saturday and drew a total weekend attendance of 7,000 attendees with more than 50 clans and societies attended with 40 vendors, 12 pipe and drum bands, 70 clan dancers and eight entertainment bands.

For more information about the festivities and ticket sales, visit www.smokymountaingames.org or contact Keith Austin at kaustin@lamar.com. The SMSFG is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable organization.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010