Highland Games, Scottish Highland Games, Maryville College

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in What's Happening Locally | 1 comment

Smoky Mountain Highland Games

Smoky Mountain Highland Games

A year ago I wrote about the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival held in Gatlinburg.  For many reasons including space, they moved this year to Maryville College, re-branded themselves as the Smoky Mountain Highland Games, and there is no looking back.  Attendance last year was between 2,500-2,700; celebrating this year, for the 30th annual time, the Maryville, TN inaugural event had over 6,000 in attendance.

The Daily Times, our local paper, certainly gave it a whopping amount of space.  Their calendar of events, headline and side stories may have helped create interest, but certainly the additional space and 2 to 3 times the tent space helped.  Of course, what better place than Maryville College, home of the “Fighting Scots?” One person was overheard saying it was redundant to call a Scot a Fighting Scot!

30th Annual Games held for the 1st time at Maryville College, Home of the Fighting Scots

This year’s honored guest was Lord Hugh Montgomerie, a chieftain of his clan and heir to his father the 18th Earl of Eglinton and 6th Earl of Winton!  Finding out more about your own clan is an important part of the festival but you certainly, don’t have to be Scottish to partake of the festivities.  Food: Scottish eggs, meat pies and haggis to name a few of the traditional offerings, were almost as popular as the beer tent.  For the activities, it really helps to go with the Times pre-printed schedule.  Friday kicked off with the Knoxville Pipes and Drums parade and a reception at the Clayton Center.  Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8:30pm to 5pm was nonstop competitive events, music, shopping and demonstrations.  mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

 

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  1. Dear Friends at Gracehill,

    Thank you for your gracious words about the first Smoky Mountain Highland Games at Maryville College. What a great launch of the Games we saw as we worked with our regional and statewide news outlets to promote this new tradition at Maryville College. We met many visitors who made their way to East Tennessee and to Maryville College for the first time.

    Connecting the Highland Games with MC’s Scottish heritage and with Blount County Tourism and the city of Maryville has made for a great partnership.

    We look forward to a great Highland Games at MC in 2012. So keep watching!
    Mary Leidig
    Director of Marketing
    Maryville College
    Maryville, Tenn.