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Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival – a photo essay of history

Scottish clans Scotland Flag USA flagThis wasn’t my first Scottish Highlands Games and Festival.  However, this one was different.

I met up with old friends, Scottish Highlands Games professional athletes, and made new ones as well.  And this time, you get a chance to see how big these men really are.

Bagpipes, Scottish music, kilts, and food.  Yep, they were all here.  However, I didn’t just hear the music.  I listened to it.  I saw the passion of the people.  I tasted their food.  And I wore a Scottish kilt.

The Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival, one of the oldest Scottish Highlands festivals in the country, opened my eyes to the Scottish Highlands culture.  This festival made such an impact on me I promised this wouldn’t be last Scottish festival.

So I came back this year with a new perspective.  And I left with a new appreciation and love of Scottish culture, history, and people.

This year, I had fun, attended the parades, tried some different food, and got into the spirit a little more.  I even threw some haggis around in the haggis throwing contest (and yes, I ate some too).

However, the 136th Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival allowed me to study Scottish history.  I dug deeper and met the people, took the time to understand the history and culture, and even explored my own heritage and history.

As we look back at the photos from this year’s Scottish Games and Festival, many will look similar to last year.  Some photos will show you a little more than last year.

Yet I look at these photos and see these people, this culture, and the country of Scotland much differently now.

136th Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival photos

I see a bagpiper and I don’t see an interesting Scottish photo op.  I see a World War II hero.

I see a true Scot in a kilt and I am humbled by his dignity, honor, and pride in who he is.

I see a number of clans and don’t see a unique, fun cultural heritage with tough men in skirts.  I see hundreds of years of history as I picture an ancestor working hard, fighting wars, and looking to survive in the Scottish Highlands.

These are the lesson I learned.  These are the stories I will tell.  Maybe the photos you see are similar to the 135th Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival photos from last year.

However, I see more than a photo.  I see more than a snapshot of Scottish culture.  I see living history being played out right in front of me.  And I can’t look at a kilt, bagpipe, or a Scottish clan the same way ever again.

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Scottish clans flags Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

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Scottish clan parade Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Clan Fraser best clan Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

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Scottish King and Queen play Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games FestivalScottish Highlands swords shields weapons

Scottish battles Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Scottish Highlands armor for battle

Scottish tug of war Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Scottish Highlands Dancing Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Scottish bagpipers and drummers

drum major competition Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Shetland cattle Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Wicked Tinkers Sacramento Scottish Games Festival

Wicked Tinkers crowd Sacramento Scottish Games Festival

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Celtic Irish souvenirs Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Scottish photos and crafts Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Celtic Jackalope Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Viking at Sacramento Scottish Games Festival

Jeremy Branham kilt Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games Festival

Scottish Highlands Games professional athlete Chad Gustin Jeremy Branham

Scottish Highlands Games professional athlete Chad Gustin Jeremy Branham

Thanks for the Callie Club of Sacramento for this annual Scottish Highlands Games and Festival.  I appreciate them giving me a chance to be a part of it.

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  1. Not my kind of thing, but I would love to see a bunch of good looking men in kilts… ;-)
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    • Jeremy B says:

      Oh I would disagree with that! Scottish history is awesome! I know people may look at a festival and think it’s not all that interesting but I am so glad I’ve gone the last couple of years. I’ve learned so much and grown to appreciate Scotland and its culture and history so much more. Isn’t that what travel is all about? :)

  2. Looks like a lot of fun and interesting too. It is great to have a great time, meet interesting people, and learn a lot about a culture at the same time. Someone needs to give that goat a comb.
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    • For some people, festivals like this may be a lot of fun or maybe no interest to them at all. However, I really put myself out there and made an effort to learn and be a part of it. Doing so has given me a greater appreciation for the culture.

  3. This looks like a lot of fun, Jeremy, and a fun way to learn Scottish history. Is that you in a kilt? Pretty cool!
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  4. The Scottish Highlands games just seem like so much fun with all the events and cultural experiences. The kilt is actually a good look on you, Jeremy. I like the comment you made about the pride & honor of a true Scot wearing the kilt.
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  5. Amanda says:

    Looks like fun! And you’re wearing a kilt!!
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  6. Thank you Jeremy. Your welcome at our games anytime!!
    Randy Russell
    Games Manager
    Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival

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