Tulsa's ScotFest Draws Thousands To River Parks

Monday, September 19th 2016, 12:08 am
By: Amy Slanchik

This weekend thousands enjoyed all things Scottish at Tulsa's River West Park for the 37th annual ScotFest.

There's music, dancing and if you're playing the Highland Games it's a bit of a workout at ScotFest.

"All encompassing, the best of what Scotland can bring in a fun way -- it's like the biggest party in town," said Executive Director Steve Campbell.

Competitor Brian Randell said the "biggest party in town" keeps the athletes busy.

"It basically encapsulates six events and what you try to do is compete in all six to nine events, and become athlete of the day by having the highest score at the end of the day,” Randell said.

He's been doing this for 18 years and patiently taught beginners like me how to throw 14 pounds of lead.

For those off the field, like Mike Swain, there's some shopping to do. 

"I've been looking for what they call a bonnie prince charlie jacket,” Swain said. “It's a jacket you would wear to special occasions and balls.”

Swain says his ancestors came from Scotland in the early 1800s, but encourages anyone to take in the Scottish culture.

“They say you don't have to be born in Scotland for Scotland to be born in you. Anybody can be Scottish, anybody can wear a kilt, you don't actually have to be of Scottish heritage,” Swain said.

Campbell agrees and plans to keep the party going.

"I'm going to start prepping for whiskey tasting shortly,” Campbell said. “It's never too early." 

The festival ran Friday through Sunday.