Oklahoma Scotfest Underway At Renovated River West Festival Park

Saturday, September 19th 2015, 4:19 pm
By: News On 6

Festival goers are enjoying a new space for events on Tulsa's riverfront. The River Parks Authority completed a $5.5 million renovation just in time for Scotfest. 

Scotfest was the first major festival to be held at the newly renovated River West Festival Park. People who attended the festival were excited and happy about the changes.

For three decades Tulsans have come together and celebrated Scottish heritage. The festival has moved around, but this is the 11th time it's returned to the River West Festival Park.

The festival has grown over the years.Vendors and bands fill the park up. To meet that demand, the River Parks Authority decided it was time for an upgrade.

"It's making it more world class, and it's so great to have it right here by the river," said Laura Thiry. "It's just awesome - it's very inviting."

Laura Thiry noticed the changes when she came this year.

"The upgrades with the entrance is fantastic. The lighting is fantastic and yet it also gives you a more open feel," she said.

The upgrades give pent of room for the heavy athletics like the hammer throw. Park officials moved utilities around and built brand new restrooms.

"It's changed quite a bit, and I think it's going to be better," said Eric Kingery, bagpiper.

Eric Kingery is happy about the upgrades and knows it will draw more crowds to the festivals held out here.

"I think it's going to help this festival - definitely going to help Oktoberfest. I just think it's a good deal," he said.

The celebration will continue into the night Saturday and on Sunday. 

See the Scotfest website for more information.