Waldo HomesteadScotland, CT, United States

Scotland Highland Festival 2022

By Carl and Bonnie Banks (other events)

Sunday, October 9 2022 9:00 AM 5:00 PM EDT

Scotland Highland Festival is held every year on the 2nd Sunday of October. The Festival engages in Scottish culture by celebrating with pipebands, heavy athletics competition, Highland dancing competitions, Harp competitions. Scottish vendors, food vendors, Scottish cattle and sheep.

Tickets may be purchased in advance. 

The advance sale will end on Friday Oct 7th at 9pm. Afterward ticket prices will increase to $20.                                                 

Children 4 and younger are free.


Harp Competition and Workshop information

SHSA Membership required. The fee is $20.  It includes membership to the SHSA and a year’s subscription to the Kilt and Harp, the Society’s quarterly publication.  Competitors may join at the games or online at

Deadline for harp entries close October 1st at 11:50pm eastern time.

Categories will be concurrent with SHSA guidelines at the time of the festival. Rules, styles of the music, and further details about competition are available in the  Scottish Harp Society of America’s handbook, which can be found on the Society’s website at  Alternatively, you can contact the harp chairperson, Elizabeth Dickerson, at 2 Babcock Hill Rd., Lebanon, CT 06249.  Email:  [email protected]

Judge - TBD

Workshop:  9:30-10:30am, open to all harpists who register, even those who might not compete.

Tentative start time for competition - 10:30am

Harp - Beginner - who have played approximately 6 months or less - Play one Scottish tune, either with or without music, so that the melody is recognizable.

Harp - Novice - Play two Scottish tunes, either with or without music, from two different tune categories, so each melody is recognizable.

Harp - Apprentice - Play two Scottish tunes: an aire, and a tune of contrasting style.

Harp - Journeyman - Play a 7-10 minute program of three Scottish selections in any order: a strathspey, an aire, and a third contrasting tune.

Harp - Master - Play a 10-15 minute varied program of Scottish music which might range from an aire to a march/strathspey/reel (MSR) to a Theme and Variation (T&V).

Harp - Special Categories are available by request at the Festival at the harp registration.


Highland Dance Competition information                                                                               


Judge - Cindy Kopenski

Dancer Registration closes October 1st at 11:50pm eastern time.


Primary - 16 Pas De Basque, Pas De Basque & Highcuts, Fling (4), Sword (2-1)

Beginner & Novice - Lilt (4), Flora (4), Fling (4), Sword (2-1), Seann Truibhas (3-1)

Intermediate - Jig (3-1), Lilt  (4), Flora (4), Fling (4), Seann Truibhas (3-1)

Premier - Jig (3-1), Lilt (4), Flora (4), Scotch Measure (4), Earl (4)


Check-in for Primary, Beginner, Novice and Intermediate at 9:00 am. Dancing will begin at 9:30.

Check-in for Premier at 12:30. Dancing will begin at 1:00pm

Age will be computed as the day October 8th. Age groups determined by entries received.

All dancers must have their ScotDance USA or ScotDance Canada registration card; no exceptions.

Dance families will need to have their own tent. Dance families and teachers will be allowed to stand under the main tent only while their dancer is on the platform.

Make sure you have your ticket printed from Ticketleap.