The Springfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival had a very humble beginning at Knight’s Action Park thirteen years ago, when members of the St. Andrew’s Society saw an opportunity to bring a traditional Highland event to Central Illinois. Thanks to the hard work of those original organizers, the event quickly outgrew the park and was moved to the Inside Track of the Illinois State Fairgrounds where it is held today. The Games features competitions for Highland dancers, individual pipers and drummers, bagpipe bands, and athletes. Over the years, the competition has grown from just five bagpipe bands to as many as 18; from just 30 dancers to nearly 90; and from only 10 athletes to almost 100. Competitors come from across the mid-west and from all corners of the country.
Location changes every year. Be sure to check website to determine the new location.