The 37th Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival comes to Stanley Park Fairground beginning on Thursday, September 5th at 7:30pm at the Fairgrounds Arena with Tattoo Estes 2013. **What is Tattoo? The word means: evening drum, bugle, or piper signal recalling soldiers to quarters. The earliest form of the word is from the Dutch “tap toe” which literally means to “close the tap” of the cask in the barrooms. The modern version of the tattoo is a parade ground concert of military bands. Visitors can enjoy Tattoo performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings a 7:30 pm
Highlights of the Festival include several competitions including: heavy armor and light jousting, amateur and professional athletic events, piping, Irish, dancing, and running for both dogs and humans. On the Festival field, there will be hammer throws, putting the stone, and caber throwing contests. The Dogs Rule throughout with many canine contests including digging.
The largest all Celtic parade in North America starts at 9:30am on Saturday in Downtown Estes Park. On Friday and Saturday nights beginning a 7:30pm several bands will fill the air with live music. Along with spectator events, there will be wonderful food, shopping, and living history exhibitions. Visitors can choose and purchase any of several ticket options online at http://www.scotfest.com/Scottish_Festival/Tickets.html