So, the first question everyone has asked since tickets went on-sale for SCOTFEST 2018 is “WHAT ABOUT PARKING?”

Let us simplify it for you.

COST: $5 per vehicle


This year we have AMPLE parking as in years past, at other venues, parking has been a challenge. Especially parking close to the action. So for 2018, we’ve solved it.


FIRST: Parking at NSU and taking the WILLIAM WALLACE EXPRESS (shuttle buses) just across the turnpike to the festival. Here’s my very crude drawring of what that means.













You will need to bring $5 cash as parking will be a CASH ONLY transaction at NSU and once you’ve parked we’ll shuttle you over to the park on the William Wallace Express — those buses run every 8-10 minutes. Bearing in mind that you can also walk from NSU to the festival, which is just a quick hop, skip and jump from the campus by traveling down the walking path, but it’s safer and faster to take the William Wallace Express.

SECOND: There will be limited parking on-site, these spaces will be used for a few participants and only as a last resort for overflow parking. The difficulty of getting on and off 101st Street is part of why we can’t make this space our standard parking areas. HOWEVER, in the event we do have a need for overflow parking, those spaces will be on the east side of the festival grounds east of the trees and admin building. It may be a little rough as some of the spaces will be in an area that is simply mowed down. Here’s another very crude drawin’ of what I’m saying:












For all our handicapped patrons, you will be allowed to park on the festival grounds in the paved parking area most adjacent to the main gate. You will be required to show your handicapped placard in order to gain entry to that driveway and parking lot. There are 300 spaces in that lot and the spaces will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Either way, we’ve got your PARKING at SCOTFEST totally covered. There are more than 1000 spaces available to the public. Parking is COVERED!

The Sporting Spirit of the Scots!

The highland games are indeed an intrinsic part of the Scottish tradition and this is one of the chief reasons why it would truly be blasphemous to not include highland games as a part of Scotfest Oklahoma. The Highland Games is truly one of the chief events to look forward to at the fastest growing Celtic Music Festival & Highland Games. When at Scotfest, then you can look forward to the following fun sporting events, including as part of the 2018 IHGF Women’s Highland Games World Championship;


The Caber Toss

The caber toss is a beloved event. It entails literally tossing a 19 feet tall caber, weighing 175 pounds, as far as possible. Though previously this event was hosted for men, nowadays, even women love trying their hand at this prestigious event.


Hammer Throw

The hammer throw game, might seem like a cake walk, but in actual fact they said hammer used in the game actually weighs over 16 pounds in the men’s category and roughly 12 to 15 pounds, when used in the women’s category.


Weight over bar or the WOB

The Weight over bar or WOB is an event that involves a heavy steel or lead weight being thrown single handedly over a particular level.

Based on the level of competition, the height of the bar does vary and believe it or not, watching this event is truly a very entertaining experience. Similar to this highland game is the weight for distance, where the individual is expected to throw the respective weight as far as possible. The person who manages to do this wins.



Stone Put

Very similar to the Olympic shot put, the stone put is truly a well-loved sporting event at Scotfest. With each passing year there are more and more people volunteering to take part in the event. So if you think that you have what it takes to play the game, then you should make it a point to take part in the event. Irrespective of the results, you are sure to have a great time.


These are simply some of the many sports related events at Scotfest Oklahoma which you can look forward to. The best part about the entire festival is that you will get to witness at first-hand what sports really mean to the Scots. Watching them in their elements or even playing alongside them, is truly a great experience.



How Santa Found Scotland

A Scottish Christmas Tale of The Clan Claus

By: Father David Shoemaker – Clan Claus Society

A long time ago, when Santa Claus was just beginning to explore the world, he would harness up two of the reindeer up to a small sleigh and would travel looking for towns and villages that he could add to his route on Christmas Eve. On one such journey he was flying high in the clouds when he heard the most unusual sound.

BLAAAAAA, BLAAAAAA, BLAAAAAAA, Now what could that be? Santa wondered aloud. Let’s go have a look Dasher and Dancer, so turning his sleigh they headed down through the clouds and into a small forest of trees. Santa stepped out of the sleigh and said, “Now you two stay here and don’t let anyone see you.”

Once again there was a loud… BLAAAAAA, BLAAAAAAA, BLAAAAAAA … So Santa headed in the direction of the sound.

How Santa found Scotland

I wonder if it is some kind of strange new animal thought Santa. I have never been in this part of the world so who knows what wonders and mysteries are waiting to be discovered.

Stepping forward, Santa noticed a strange shadow. It had what seemed like a larger head, with three horns on its back, it also seem to have a strange shape body that look something like a bell with two legs sticking out in the middle! BLAAAAA, BLAAAAA, BLAAAAA Though frightened at first, Santa’s curiosity grew stronger so he continued forward.

As he came around the big rock he was very surprised to see that this was not a monster at all but it was a man with a bright red beard, holding a strange looking instrument, while wearing a big hat and a very colorful outfit.

How Santa found Scotland
How Santa found Scotland

When the man spotted Santa he immediately said, “Guid mornin, and who might ye be?” Ho! Ho! Ho!, my name is Santa Claus” responded Santa. Well I’m pleased to meet ye, ma name is Duncan, and a’m of the Clan MacGregor.

Santa Claus ye say? I donna believe I have ever heard of the Clan Claus before, so I am guessing ye not from around here are ye? Asked the man.

No, this is my first time here, replied Santa.

Well welcome tae Scotland Mr. Claus, said Duncan as he shook Santa’s hand. Duncan went on to explain to Santa all about Scotland. He explained about his outfit which was called a tartan and kilt, and how the colors represented what family he belong to which is called a clan. Then he showed him his musical instrument called a bagpipe, this was what made the sound that Santa had heard. Santa was fascinated by this instrument, because you first blew air into a bag, and then by squeezing the bag the air will fill the pipes and make the sounds. Duncan gave him a demonstration and this time round the sounds that came out were very beautiful.

How Santa found Scotland

Do you know any Christmas Songs? ask Santa.

Christmas Whit’s dat? Responded Duncan.

You have never heard of Christmas! Oh my, I must tell you all about it, remarked Santa. So he told Duncan the reason for the season, about the special gift of God’s love and the birth of his only Son. He went on to tell the story of manger and gifts of the three kings. Santa then explained that he gives gifts to show his love, and that is why on Christmas Eve he brings toys to good boys and girls.

How Santa found Scotland

Duncan was very impressed with this story and said he would very much like to celebrate Christmas. Santa told him that he was going to put down Scotland on his map and make sure he visited. Duncan said, at would be wonderful, but I must warn ye, that it can be very dangerous, especially at night when the fog comes in, there is a monster in the loch.

A m-m-monster? Santa stammered. Ay, it’s a bit of a sea serpent, she stays at the bottom mostly but has been known to jump up out of the water and steal from anyone passing by, the monster was believed to have an underwater caved filled with treasure and so most folks are so afraid of ye creature they will not come out at night at all.

In fact tis one of the reasons folks don’t come to Scotland. I’m guessing that’s the reason we have not yet heard of Christmas till now, Explained Duncan.

Well can anything be done about this? Inquired Santa. Well the serpent lives under the water so there is no way to get to her. Thaur only be one other creature that can go from on the land to below the sea, and that be a Kelpie, but they can be almost as dangerous as the serpent.

Ye see a Kelpie is a water horse, on dry land they look and act like a horse but when in the water they can swim and breathe underwater. If ye are riding on a water horse ye must be careful not to go into the water or ye might drown, Warned Duncan.

Duncan then took Santa into the village to meet his family and be introduced to his Clan Chieftain. Santa was greeted warmly by Kevin MacGregor and his wife Ginny. They were very happy to learn about Christmas and proclaimed that it would be celebrated every year, but they understood if Santa could not come because of the monster. Santa was very happy with the new friends that he made but he was trouble by the thought of having to stay away because of the monster. As he was sitting down listening to the beautiful bag pipe music he got an idea.

How Santa found Scotland

Duncan can I borrow your bagpipes and can you take me to see a Kelpie? Inquired Santa. Aye, but what would ye be wanting to see a Kelpie? I told ye it was dangerous. responded Duncan. Ho!Ho!Ho! Have no fear, my friend, I have an idea.

Within moments, Santa and Duncan had arrived at a grassy field. In front of them, a brown horse was eating some grass. Thaur be one, I have seen it jump into the water many times and go to the bottom of the lake, remember what ever ye do, do not ride this horse, Cautioned Duncan.

Santa took the bagpipes and left Duncan watching from a distance. When he came up to the horse he said, Hello, I am Santa Claus, and who might you be? My name is Fury responded the horse.

How Santa found Scotland

Well, Fury would you like a candy cane? They are delicious. Fury walked up and took a small bite from the candy cane. He enjoyed it so much Santa gave him two more.

Then Santa asked, is it true that you are a water horse?

Neehhh, Yes, I am, and what can I do for you? said the horse. Do you know where the Sea serpent lives? Could you take me to her? Asked Santa. Yes, I do but I don’t think you would survive her cave is very deep and you could not hold your breath long enough. If I promise to bring you more candy canes would you take me down to see her? asked Santa.

You are a very nice man, and I do enjoy these candy canes, if you want to go I will take you, but your going to have to hold your breath for a long time, said the horse. Before getting on the back of the horse, Santa took the bag pipe and plugged the holes on the end of the pipes, then he blew up the bag as large as it could go. Then climbing onto the horses back, they both dove into the water. I see, said the horse your using the bag pipe filled with air to breath underwater.

How Santa found Scotland

How Santa found Scotland

Down and down they went until they came upon the opening of a big underwater cave. Inside Santa could see what looked like large sacks filled with gold and treasures of all kind, and on top of them was a rather large sea serpent. The Serpent opened its eyes, and blinked twice with surprise because she had never had a visitor to her cave before.

Santa took a deep breath from the bagpipe, and said, Hello, my name is Santa Claus. Oh what a pleasant surprise. Responded the serpent with a smile, I have never had a visitor before, do come into my cave.

Once inside Santa found that part of the cave was actually dry and had air to breath. This was good because it was difficult to talk underwater. So what can I do for you, Said the serpent. Well I came to ask you why do you steal all these things. Don’t you know that stealing is wrong? inquired Santa. Steal? I did not think I was stealing, you see I am very lonely down here and when I hear people on the surface I come up to see who they might be and if we can be friends, but sadly they always do the same thing.

They throw up their arms and everything they are carrying, and run away as fast as they can. So I pick up the bags and bring them to my cave for safe keeping. I wish they would come back and talk to me so that I could return these items to them, I just wish I had somebody to talk to from time to time. Said the Serpent.

Ho!Ho!Ho!,Oh this has all been a misunderstanding, they were afraid of you but there really is nothing to fear. Santa explained to the serpent about Christmas and how he would bring toys to the good boys and girls, and told her how he would bring her a gift as well and would help her to make some friends by helping her return all the treasures to their owners.

So up to the surface they went, where they found Duncan standing on the shore. He was so surprised that he almost fainted. I can na believe ma eyes, I thought ye were drown, and I see ye have tamed the serpent as well. Santa explained that the serpent was really nice and only wanted some friends. So Duncan pronounced, that since it was Loch Ness, he would call the serpent Nessie.

She liked this very much and with the help of Dasher and Dancer and Santa’s sleigh they were able to bring all the lost treasures to the people in town.

How Santa found Scotland

The people of Scotland were very happy and Clan Chief Kevin MacGregor said to Santa that Ginny MacGregor had made him his very own tartan and kilt. The different colors of the kilt each represented something special. First is green, that represented the color of Christmas tree. Second is red, the color of Santa’s suit and his favorite color. Third is yellow, that represent the first gifts that Santa gave which were the 3 bags of gold he gave to the 3 daughters. Finally, the color white which symbolizes the snow of winter.

Kevin presented Santa with these gifts and declared that from now on he would be known as Santa, from the Clan Claus. So this is how Santa first came to Scotland and how he began his own clan.

How Santa found Scotland

St. Andrew and his Day

By: Kris Morrison – Director of Festival Vendors and native of Aberdeen, Scotland

A few weeks ago at work we went through an exercise where everyone was required to buy a laptop cover since it turns out even MacBooks break when dropped repeatedly. Soon I started to see a wide array of covers popping up around the office, ranging from bright pink to various depictions of cute puppies and kittens. My cover however took a bit longer to arrive since I, as any proud ex-pat Scot would, chose to purchase a cover of the St Andrews Cross (otherwise known as the Saltire). 

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Bigger And Better For Your Customers (and 2018)

by: Rick Rutledge, SCOTFEST Director of Marketing, Media and Festival Development


In this ever changing world of consumers the one unifying constant has been that consumers are looking for a better “experience” no matter where they go and no matter what they buy. Part of that expectation is that they spend their hard earned money with someone who has invested in technology to make the process more accurate, fast(er) and easy to manage. That’s part of why something like 85% of transactions these days are completed with the use of a debit or credit card. In the last three years the SCOTFEST board has fully embraced this philosophy by expanding our technology stack. From accounting to marketing to improving our use and knowledge of data from every source we can possibly gather. One of those sources that has become an invaluable part of our operation is with our POS system.

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Rubright & Hardagain were here…..

Sláinte Mhath!

Now that 2017’s SCOTFEST has finally come to a close, we (R&H) thought it’d be a great time to review the whisky we sampled along side you in our whisky den at the festival. Mind you, there’s plenty opinion to go around and there’s no perfect “best” whisky. It depends on YOU. So let’s dispense with what we didn’t sample and why…

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