Scotland Highland Festival

By Carl and Bonnie Banks (other events)

Sunday, October 10 2021 8:30 AM 6:00 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 athletcis competition, Highland dancing competitions, Harp competitions. Scottish vendors, food vendors, Scottish cattle and sheep.

Tickets may be purchased in advance.                                                 Children 4 and younger are free.


Harp Competition and Workshop information

SHSA Membership required. (May join at the Festival before competing. Fee is $15)

Deadline for harp entries close October 3rd at 11:50pm eastern time.

Judge - Rachel Clemente

Workshop start time - 9:00am

Tentative start time for competition - 10:00am

Harp - Beginner - 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                                                                               


This competition is only allowing US resident dancers.

Judge - Tori Anderson

Dancer Registration closes October 3rd at 11:50pm eastern time.


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

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

Intermediate - Fling (4), Sword (2-1), Seann Truibhas (3-1), Barracks (4)

Premier - Lilt (4), Flora (4), Village Maid (4), Earl (4)

Tentative dance pod times. 

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 bill begin at 1:00pm

Age will be computed as the day October 9th. Age groups determined by entries received.

All dancers must have their FUSTA (ScotDanceUSA) 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.

Please print, sign and bring these waivers to the competition. Every member of the family must submit signed waivers to enter the dance area.

Read the Rules and COVID Waiver below.



COVID  Regulations Waiver

  1. By agreeing to the terms and conditions upon registrations you/your dancer agree to the following:
  2. I am aware that participating in the 2021 Scotland Highland Fesitval (the “Event”) involves the potential for risks, dangers and hazards, including but not limited to (a)injury to myself/my child as a result of the physical nature of dance competition and performance; and (b) the taking and/or release of unauthorized photographs, video and/or other recordings of myself and/or my child.
  3. In consideration of my/my child’s participation in the Event and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged, I do hereby, for myself, my heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators, waive and release all rights and claims for damages I may have against the SDUSA, its directors, agents, employees, executive members, volunteers and organizers of the Event (the “Releasees”), Scotland Highland Festival, the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance (RSOBHD) and all its agents or representatives, for any/all injuries suffered by me or any member of my family or group at any/all events to be held. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, I agree to release the Releasees from ANY AND ALL LIABILITY for any loss, damage, injury, or expense I / my child may incur as a result of my/my child’s participation in or attendance at the Event.
  4. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, INJURY OR EXPENSE, including legal costs, that the Releasees may incur due to my/my child’s participation in or attendance at the Event, whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, and whether caused to my child or otherwise.
  5. I understand that the Releasees will photograph and otherwise record the Event, its participants, and attendees. I consent to and authorize such recording. I further consent to authorize the Releasees to publish my/my child’s image, likeness, and information in any medium, including but not limited to photographs, videos, DVDs, and webcasts. I understand that this publication will take place in the public domain, including in printed materials, public announcements, and on the internet.
  6. I specifically consent to the public release of the following information:
  7. 1. Name; 2. Country of Residence; 3. Results. I acknowledge that by signing and submitting this entry, electronically or otherwise, that I have read this agreement carefully and fully understand it, and I agree to all the above terms and conditions. FUSTA/ScotDance USA (the “Organizers”) reserve the right to cancel the Event, or any part thereof, at any time if the Organizers deem such cancellation to be necessary due to events beyond its control or should it become necessary to cancel the Event at the Organizers’ sole discretion (the “Cancellation”).
  8. The Organizers shall not be responsible to any purchaser and/or attendees for any direct or indirect financial loss caused as a result of the Cancellation including, but not limited to, airfare, hotel deposits, entry fees, and tickets.
  9. The purchaser and/or attendees agree to indemnify and save harmless the Organizers from all claims arising from the Cancellation.
  10. I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing.
  11. I further acknowledge that ScotDance USA, Scotland Highland Festival, and the RSOBHD has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
  12. I further acknowledge that ScotDance USA, Scotland Highland Festival, and the RSOBHD cannot guarantee that I will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19.
  13. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to other event participants and their families.
  14. I voluntarily seek to participate in events provided by ScotDance USA and acknowledge that I am increasing my risk of exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
  15. I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while attending the event.

And I attest that:

  1. Neither the dancer or anyone in the dancer's household, are experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  2. Neither the dancer or anyone in the dancer's household have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. 
  3. Neither the dancer or anyone in the dancer's household have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.The 
  4. The dancer and everyone the dancer's household are following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. We hereby release and agree to hold ScotDance USA, Scotland Highland Festival, and the RSOBHD harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the organization, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any events from ScotDance USA, Scotland Highland Festival, and the RSOBHD.
  5. We understand that this release discharges ScotDance USA, Scotland Highland Festival, and the RSOBHD from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against the organization with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from ScotDance USA.
  6. This liability waiver and release extends to ScotDance USA, Scotland Highland Festival, and the RSOBHD together with all organizational volunteers.
  7. Any dancer with any symptoms (Fever of 100°F or higher, cough, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) may not compete.

ScotDance USA Rules

  1. All attendees at SDUSA events must comply with state and local health and safety laws, rules, and regulations for COVID-19 including those related to masking and physical distancing.
  2. If a person is feeling ill, he/she should not attend a SDUSA event.  This includes any of the following symptoms within the 48 hours prior to the event: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  3. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend masking as a prevention strategy for persons age 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated.  The CDC also continues to recommend physical distancing to reduce transmission risk.
  4. Please have a mask available if required by law or for any situation where you would feel more comfortable wearing a mask.
  5. Extra masks will be made available to dancers and spectators at the discretion of the event organizer or if required by state/local law.
  6. Dancers may wear a mask in the marshaling area and on the competition stage.  Dancers may remove their mask prior to dancing and place it in a paper bag at the back of the stage.  Bags will be provided.
  7. Dancers must arrive in costume with hair and makeup completed. Changing areas will not be available.
  8. A SDUSA “Day of Competition Certificate” must be completed for all attendees at the registration area upon arrival.  A SDUSA “Assumption of Risk Waiver” must also be signed for all attendees prior to or at the event.
  9. Each dancer must present a valid 2021 SDUSA Registration Card with the new sticker on the back.  Pre-Premier cards will be collected at registration and returned after the awards ceremony.
  10. State and local COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing and masking should be followed for dancer registration and while waiting in lines.
  11. A designated spectator area with ample space for physical distancing will be available.
  12. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the venue.
  13. The stage will not be available for warm-up.
  14. Water and refreshments will not be available for distribution at the competition/event.  All dancers and dance families must provide their own water and food.
  15. Prize winners may be recognized on stage.  State and local COVID-19 guidelines regarding physical distancing and masking must be followed during the awards ceremony.  Awards will be collected at a separate location along with the dancer’s Pre-Premier cards.

General Rules

  1. All dancing events will be governed by the rules and regulations of the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBHD).
  2. All dancers must compete in their own category and age group based upon their age as on the day before the event.
  3. Dancers will compete in reverse order of entry received.
  4. Age groups will be determined according to the number of entries.
  5. Organizer reserves the right to combine, split, or delete classes the day of the competition.
  6. Dancers reporting late for their dance may not be allowed to dance.
  7. Dancers must present a valid ScotDance USA registration card at the time of check-in.
  8. Judges may not adjudicate any competitor that they have instructed for a period of three months. If a competitor has entered a competition with a judge with whom they have attended a class or workshop within the last three months, the dancer must step down from the competition. 
  9. Any complaint made by an individual against the organizer or adjudication of an event must be made in writing giving the complainant’s full name and address and lodged with the Organizer, if possible, on the day of the event and certainly not later than 48 hours after the event. Such complaint must be accompanied by a fee of $50. The deposit shall be returned should the complaint be upheld.
  10. Dancer’s competitor numbers handed out on the field when dancers present their dance cards at registration. 
  11. A daily screening tool must be completed prior to competition to monitor any possible signs and symptoms. Minors will be completed by their parent/guardian.
  12. Dancers must arrive for their call time in their full costume and ready to dance.
  13. Shared changing rooms will not be available. Any costume changes must take place prior to arrival.
  14. SDUSA requires all dancers at US competitions to wear face masks over their mouth and nose when they are not dancing on the competition stage. All dancers must wear their mask when they enter the competition stage.  The dancer may remove their mask and place it in a paper bag placed at the back of the competition stage or opt to compete wearing the mask, whichever is more comfortable for the dancer. Dancers must wear their mask over their mouth and nose when they exit the competition stage.
  15. During all dances, masks must be a solid color. No embellishments including but not limited to words, writing, sequins, bells or other noise makers are allowed on the mask during competitions. If the dancers mask is deemed inappropriate, solid colored, single use masks will be available in the marshaling area.
  16. Medal placing will be awarded in all events except those in which cash prizes are given. Trophies will be awarded based on all dances in an age group, except for primary.
  17. Competition organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry.