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Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games returns for 2021

Thousands expected May 15 - 16 at Maryville College campus
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 7:28 PM EDT
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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - One of the Southeast’s largest festivals of Scottish culture is returning this weekend to Maryville. After a year off because of the pandemic, the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games is expecting attendees from several states to converge on Maryville College’s campus.

The festival is planned for Saturday, May 15 and Sunday May 16.

“This is only the second in-person games in 2021,” said festival board member Andrew Kerr, who plays the bagpipes and organizes musicians. “So it’s a pretty big deal!”

Kerr said at least for the Southeast region, there has only been one other major Scottish festival so far this year.

“The food is incredible!” said Keith Austin, who serves as Vice President of the board. “You’re gonna find everything from typical festival food to probably funnel cakes, hot dogs, corn dogs, whatever to smoked haggis. And so it’s a an opportunity to take your kids to a place and your family to a place and experience a culture that is so important to this area.”

The festival includes pipe and drum bands, as well as featured contemporary musicians with Scottish influences. Sports have traditional roots, “People tossing cabers or what people call large telephone poles or throwing stones or anything else like that. The sheepdog demonstrations,” said Austin.

You can find details about event hours and tickets here.

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