Radford, Va – The 2022 Radford Highlanders Festival is taking place this Saturday. The festival is back and celebrating a big milestone of 25 years.
The festival’s main focus is to celebrate Scot-Irish heritage and culture. This is a chance for descendants of area clans and societies to showcase their family’s heritage.
The day is filled with excitement from live heavyweight games to sheepherding. There will also be live entertainment, plenty of unique food, including haggis and other authentic Scottish fares and local vendors.
Chad Clark, the Director of Athletics says, “Also, the Scottish Clans. I believe we have over 15 of them scheduled to be here, and it is so important for people to learn about the history, learn about the culture, learn about the heritage. They are all here and it is all free. It is a free day of entertainment but it’s all a free day of education.”
The festival began in the 1990s with about 3,000 people attending. This weekend, they are expecting a crowd of about 10,000.
A major part of the festival is the live music and dance performances. Some of the bands include the Radford University Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Syr and House of Hamill.
The festival begins at 9 a.m.