June 15-16, 2012 26th Annual Scottish Festival And Highland Games To Take Place In Itasca, IL At Hamilton Lakes; Scottish Genealogy Research Help Offered On Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hi Everyone!

Maureen Brady, an avid Scottish genealogy researcher and one of our upcoming genealogy speakers on November 13, 2012, has made me aware of a very large-scale Scottish Festival and Highland Games event that will occur right in our own Schaumburg-area backyard on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, 2012 at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, IL.

One of the highlights of this event noted by Maureen is that she and other Scottish knowledgeable genealogy researchers will be available on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in the “genealogy tent” to offer research assistance to anyone trying to work through their Scottish ancestral challenges.

Maureen really knows her stuff and probably knows even more when it is about her own genealogy research topic on Scottish research.  If you have Scottish ancestral research, it may well be worth your time to get some great research assistance at this 2-day festival.

You can also obviously take advantage of all of the Scottish cultural, athletic and musical activities in addition to the genealogical help being offered.

Maureen’s e-mail text does note that this festival is open to the public and there is a $15 adult charge on Saturday when Maureen noted she will be one of many genealogy volunteers manning the “genealogy tent”.  Admission for children on Saturday is $3.75.

Maureen’s e-mail also has a link to further information on the event.

Maureen sent me details of the festival in an e-mail.  What follows in Italics after the line breaks is the extensive description of this two-day festival.


Hi, Tony.

 Since you offered to post events, I thought this might be of interest to some of the group that meets in Schaumburg, especially as it is held in Itasca (just behind the Wyndham Hotel & Gallagher Tower).

 This is an annual event, which features all things Scottish.  One of the “highlights” from the family history perspective is our genealogy tent, which is staffed all day Saturday with a team of “experts” (I am one of them) and a very large selection of reference books, maps, etc.  We encourage attendees to bring their Scottish and Scots-Irish family history “brick walls” and any other research problems to our tent for advice and help.  If possible, it is always nice to have some written trees or family group sheets to help with our answers.

 Admission to the Festival is $15 for adults on Saturday, children are $3.75.  I have included a link


 and a description from the website.

 Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Chicago at the 26th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, June 15-16, 2012 at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois. The festival is open to the public on Friday, June 15 from 4:00pm – 10:00pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00am – 9:00pm. The CHICAGO SCOTS invite everyone to be Scottish for this weekend-long annual summer celebration. Offering an extensive array of unique Scottish traditions, revelry, and culture for the whole family!

The festival kicks off Friday, June 15 with exhibits and vendors open from 4:00pm – 10:00pm. Friday evening highlights include:

Highland Dance competition, Heavy Athletics, Rugby Exhibition, Friday Night Fling, crowning of the Heather Queen and Court and a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee), a lively celebration of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, from 7:00-10:00pm on the Celtic rock stage.

The festival continues Saturday, June 16 from 8:00am – 9:00pm and features: 

Champion Supreme Piping and Drumming competition; Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship featuring traditional Scottish contests including the Caber Toss (flipping 20-foot, 140-pound tree trunk), the 22-pound Hammer Throw, the Sheaf Toss (flipping a bale of hay over a high bar) and the Clachnert (throwing a 16-pound river stone); Highland Dance competition; Rugby Sevens Highland Challenge; Coerver Cup 3v3 youth soccer tournament; Dogs of Scotland and other animal presentations; Genealogy and cultural exhibits; Parade of Clan Tartans; Children’s activities including mini golf, crafts and carnival attractions; and attendee competitions including the Kilted Mile Fun Run/Walk, British Car Show, Haggis Hurling Contest for women, Knobbly Knees contest for men, Haggis Eating Contest and Shortbread Contest. Attendees will also enjoy musical performances on the Celtic Rock Stage, Whisky tastings and seminars, traditional Scottish or American cuisine and shopping in the Celtic Marketplace.

 Thanks, Tony.



Here is an opportunity to really immerse yourself in all things Scottish.  Plus, it is literally right in our own back yards in the Northwest Suburbs.

Mark your calendar down for this 2-day festival on all things Scottish.

Sounds like a really “hoot” of an event!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

2 responses to “June 15-16, 2012 26th Annual Scottish Festival And Highland Games To Take Place In Itasca, IL At Hamilton Lakes; Scottish Genealogy Research Help Offered On Saturday, June 16, 2012

  1. Where can I buy Scottish shortbread?

    • Hi Sharon,

      If I were you I would go back to the original blog post I made on the event and click on the link that is embedded to get you to the web site for the event.

      I would then look for the “Contact” link at that website and send them an e-mail with your request. I would ask them to see if they know if there are going to be any vendors at the event that might actually be selling Scottish shortbread. If they do not know of any vendor that will be doing this, I would also ask them if they know of anyone local to the area that does in fact sell Scottish shortbread.

      I hope this helps you a little bit.

      Tony Kierna
      Genealogy Coordinator
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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