Bagpipes and brogues! Scottish Festival boards the Queen Mary
2010-02-03 · By Editor
Highland dancing, bagpipe bands and sheep-herding dogs are a sampling of what awaits at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival on Feb. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in Long Beach.
Built on the banks of the River Clyde in Scotland over 75 years ago, the Queen Mary celebrates her Scottish heritage with this annual festival of Scottish music, dance, sport and traditional food and drink.
The weekend program features a Scottish Highland athletics competition with men’s and women’s events in the Hammer Throw, Putting the Stone and Tossing the Caber among others; the sixth annual Queen Mary Dart Tournament with $ 5,000 in cash prizes; continuous dance and musical performances including Highland Dance, piping and drumming competitions; the return of Plaidpalooza and the Men of Worth concert; as well as whiskey tastings and seminars throughout the day.
Visitors will also have the chance to explore their Scottish heritage in the Exhibit Hall where more than 60 Scottish Clans, associations and vendors will be represented.
Adult admission is $ 20 per day or $ 26 for a two-day pass. Children ages 5-11 are $ 13 per day or $ 17 for a two-day pass. Scottish Festival hotel packages, including the Clans, Highland Chief and Lairds packages are also available starting at $ 195 per night. Parking is not included. In addition to the festival events, admission includes a Self-Guided Shipwalk Tour, the Ghosts & Legends interactive special-effects show (subject to availability) and the Queen Mary Historical Exhibit.
For more information, call the Queen Mary at (562) 435-3511 or visit www.queenmary.com. Tickets are available online and by phone.