Scottish Festival in Fergus hosts second virtual event

This year is the festival's second attempt at its 75th anniversary after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed last year's live event. Facebook/Fergus Scottish Festival

The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is celebrating a milestone.

It’s the second attempt at its 75th anniversary after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed last year’s live event and caused it to go virtual.

Festival coordinator Elizabeth Bender said they learned lessons in 2020.

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“We learned a ton last year,” she said.

Last year, she said, as many people attended the virtual festival as the live event. The virtual event also attracted a lot of people who hadn’t been to a Scottish festival before, so organizers learned to ensure attendees get a Scottish experience.

“It’s not your typical music festival. We’ve got your sporting events, your heritage and educational components and we’ve got things for children.”

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Bender said the weekend will have an array of entertainment and educational pieces and the festival will still run as if it were a live event.

There will be several activities including the Wee Digital Ceilidh 2 GO and Paint the Town Tartan decorating contest. She said they wanted to go a step further this year with longer elements of music from their guests, more in-depth interviews and tours.

Bender said the festival’s authenticity helps make it a popular event.

“They’re elements that give people a taste, but it’s interesting and it’s new,” she said.

“And we’re not really your typical festival so whatever you like, you’re going to get a little taste of. And so maybe you come to an event but you don’t have a chance to go into the heritage tent and attend a Gaelic workshop, or maybe you don’t have a chance to go to the whiskey tasting. We’re going to bring it all to you this year.”

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Organizers also held the 75th Gala 2 Go event on Aug. 12 to kick off the festival.

The festival begins Aug. 13 and is free to attend. Bender says the gates will open at 5 p.m.

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The festival ends on Aug. 15 and the gates close at 4 p.m.

You can visit their website for more information.

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