It’s only fitting a celebration of Scottish, Irish, and Welsh heritage will take place in Cache Valley. After all, Logan was named after a Scottish mountain man. This Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28, the 2nd Annual Cache Celtic Festival and Highland Games will be held at the American West Heritage Center. Irish dancers, educational presentations, and even the much-anticipated traditional Highland games are among the weekend festivities. “The State of Utah has a large percentage of actual Scottish surnames,” says Diane Siegfreid, President of the Utah Scottish Association. “That doesn’t even include all the females who lose their surnames when they get married.” Because of the rich heritage in Cache Valley, Siegfreid, a long time resident of Providence, says this greatly influenced the decision to start a Festival here. “We just thought it would be nice to bring the excitement, the tradition, the music locally,” she said. “We are excited to help people understand the contributions Scottish Americans have made to this valley and the country through the century.” The gates will open Friday at 5 p.m. with entertainment from fiddlers, dancers, and pipers immediately on the American West Heritage Center Stage. Saturday’s full day activities begin at 9 a.m. and will include the traditional Highland games of bravery and strength, traditional food, and historical presentations. Tickets range from $3 for children and $7 for adults.
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