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The Mission of the Columbus Scottish Festival and Games is to present to the residents and visitors of the Columbus, Indiana area, a festival that perpetuates the heritage, customs, and skills of the Scottish people. This is to be accomplished in part through a panorama of Scottish events and traditional activities, recognizing the Scottish influence in the Columbus area. Secondly, the Mission is to present as high a quality of games as possible, striving to make them the most significant games in the Midwest, utilizing the professional expertise of the committee members to present and secure attractions to meet this end through the resources provided by tthe community.
The Festival is organized as an incorporated 501(c)3 agency, entirely staffed by volunteers. The organizing committee meets at least monthly, with the intensity of the planning and fund-raising activities varying over the course of the year. We do use compensated specialist services where we cannot find volunteers (e.g. entertainers, electricians, judges, and so forth)
The usual programs within the Festival include: Facilities, Sheepdog Trials, Highland Dance, British Cars, Children's Activities, Entertainment (including the Ceilidh), Pipe Bands, Athletics, Advertising/Marketing, Decorations, Vendors, Re-enactors, Volunteers, and Clans. Additional activities vary year to year, but this year includes Rugby and a Shetland Sheep show.
The Festival itself occurs over the second weekend in September at the 4H Fairgrounds in Columbus, Indiana.
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