Great News! California is getting ready to
welcome the new Seaside Highland Games to its shores this
October 11 & 12 at beautiful Seaside Park in Ventura,
California. This all-new Scottish Festival has been on the
drawing boards of John & Nellie Lowry and Jim & Marilyn Anderson for
over 15 months and has grown from a modest start-up Games to a major
Scottish Festival and Games through the planning period.
Seaside will host competitions in all the
major competitive areas such as Scottish heavy athletics, Highland
dance, Pipes and drums (both individual and pipeband competitions).
Athletes of all ages and classes will compete in weights for height
and distance, sheaf and caber tossing and the California Braemar
There will be no lack of musical entertainment,
either. Performers will include such wonderful Scottish singers as
Alex Beaton, Linda Dewar and The Browne Sisters & George
Cavanaugh and excellent bands such as The Wicked Tinkers,
Eric Rigler & Bad Haggis, MacLear and the beautiful performing
family, Celtic Spring. The LA Scots Pipeband—one of
only two Grade I bands in the United States—will appear as special
guests of the Seaside Games.
Bydand Forever, the Gordon Highlanders of 1882-85
from San Diego will be on hand to give demonstrations in late 19th
century warfare complete with Gatling gun, cannon and authentic
Martini-Henry rifles. Their encampment is always a fun and
educational place to visit.
What sets The Seaside Highland Games apart
is the attention being paid to individuals and families. The
youngsters will have a giant Children’s Glen with numerous
activities--including their own athletics--and exposures to many
Scottish arts and crafts. Our Scottish Country Dancers will be
housed in beautiful McBride Hall and all are welcome to enjoy their
performances and then, try your hand at learning the steps. The
famous Drummond Ranch Herding Dogs of Ted & Janna Ondrak will
demonstrate their amazing skills on both Saturday and Sunday.
Another great interest will be genealogy and tables will be hosted
by expert researchers who will assist you in your quest for Scottish
roots and Clan connections.
Your own Clan Association will very likely be
there among the more than fifty others planning to attend. Main
Street of the Fairgrounds will become a festive "Scottish tent city"
for the weekend. Two of Seaside Park’s largest halls will house our
forty vendors where one can purchase every type of
treasure—including hard-to-find gifts for the upcoming Holidays.
Naturally, Scottish food and drink is never far away.
As an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation,
Seaside is equipped to accept funding from many such sources
as Scottish Clans and organizations and all types of businesses in
need of a tax write-off. Individual and corporate sponsorships are
still available, as are advertising opportunities in the beautiful
Games Program for a very limited time.
Special Games accommodations may be reserved at
one of our three Host Hotels and AMTRAK is offering an exclusive
two-for-one fare to ride literally to our doorstep ! Come early for
Friday’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting and "A Scottish
Evening"—a fine buffet supper combined with musical entertainment
from Alex, Linda and the Brownes and a Scottish Fashion Show!
For additional information contact John Lowry at