Kilts and bagpipes took centerstage in Illinois as the the 31st annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games took place at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca last June 16 and 17.
In addition to providing traditional Scottish music and dance and other entertainments, the festival featured a variety of notable contests including the Men in Kilts Contest, Haggis Eating contest and a Solo Pipe Band Competition, to name a few.
"It's an honor to bring something of Scotland to people," said President of the Chicago Scots, Gus Noble.The Chicago Scots is the largest Scottish cultural organization in North America and Illinois' oldest charity.
The Chicago Scots group started the festival to help preserve Scottish culture and promote Scottish history.
"We want to provide an introduction to Scotland and want people to see every aspect of Scottish culture represented in a single event," said Noble.
According to Noble, the festival doesn't just attract people from the Chicago area -- it gathers crowds from all over the Midwest, including Indiana, Wisconsin and, of course, Michigan, which is one of the states with the highest population of Americans with Scottish ancestry, according to Business Insider.
Proceeds from the festival were pegged for two of the Chicago Scot's charities -- The Scottish Home, an assisted living community, and the Caledonian House, an assisted living facility dedicated to patients suffering from memory loss.
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