The 2009 Celtic Heritage and Highland Games festival was held on Sept 11-12, 2009, in Buffalo, Missouri. The event was a great success, and was held in great weather. The event took place on the Dallas County Fair Grounds.
The entertainment was great this year. You could stroll the park and listen to traditional Scottish and Irish folks music played on guitar, bagpipes, psaltry, and even a hammer dulcimer. A fair bit of dancing took place as well.
The food was great, and very traditional. I personally went after the “Taste of Scotland” platter, with an extra plate of haggis and neeps and tatties! You could also feast on fish n’ chips, Shepherd’s Pie, and Scotch eggs. The soda bread and bread pudding was also great. There are definitely some good Celtic cooks in the Ozarks.
The Clan MacMillan was the honored clan for the event this year. I also got to visit with Clan Campbell, my personal clan. The Scottish American Military Society and the Springfield St. Andrew’s Society were also present to share Scottish history, and club information, with the crowd.
The booths were also interesting. You could see Highland cattle, watch border collies work, see a blacksmith, and was lye soap made. All the traditional highland style games were there as well.
Mark your calendars for September for next year, when the Celtic Heritage Festival will be back. We will share information on the event closer to time.