Saturday, May 26th 2018
Our 2018 poster design is truly unique. The doughboy on the front represents the 30th Infantry Division (Old Hickory) who trained here in Greenville, SC at Camp Sevier before being deployed overseas. Old Hickory broke the Hindenburg Line and helped end World War One. It is with great pride that we will celebrate this highly decorated unit during our Military Tribute at the Games this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War. For more details on Camp Sevier and Old Hickory – go to this website: http://remember1918.com
The 2017 Games were incredible!
See you on Memorial Weekend 2018.
Thank you for helping us celebrate our Scottish Heritage.
Important times to remember on Saturday, May 26th at the Games:
8:30am – Gates open.
9:00am – Opening Ceremony on Main Field & Parade of Scottish Clans.
11:00am – Military Salute & Massed Bands on Main Field.
4:00pm – Wee Scotland closes.
5:00pm – Awards Ceremony on Main Field.
5:30pm to 10:00pm – World’s Greatest Scottish Happy Hour & Celtic Jam in the Entertainment Tent with 4 bands!
Demonstrations, Athletics and Piping/Drumming competitions are all day through 4pm.
The Greenville Scottish Games anchors Gallabrae, and embodies the finest of Scottish traditions brought to new levels of excellence.
The Greenville Scottish Games began in 2006, and from its inception has consistently taken an innovative, fresh approach to celebrating Scottish heritage. Greenville is nestled in arguably the highest concentration of Scots-Irish descent in the country. The legacy left to us resonates throughout the Upstate in our place names, our attitude toward family, our sense of humor, and our love of country.
There is so much to celebrate in this heritage, and so much to honor, that a small group of us said, heck, how hard can it be? Let’s establish a Games here in Greenville – and we needed a drop-dead gorgeous setting. We were offered a few landfill sites out in the County that somehow didn’t quite suit – maybe it was the methane pipes – and so when Furman University offered us the use of their athletic fields, we plopped the Games down in its new happy home and there we remain.
We also made the decision to expand the Games into new directions, while at the same time building and improving all the traditional Scottish Games elements. This has brought in an increasingly diverse attendance of folks who may not be of Scottish heritage but who come to see all-day Border Collies, or the British Car Show, or take their children to Wee Scotland, etc. We are conducting a Miss Greenville Scottish Games as part of the Official Miss South Carolina Pageant, the only Games in the US to do so. We have launched an on-line, interactive newsletter,The Dirk, which is on the cutting edge of online marketing. We are an all-volunteer force comprised of wildly different backgrounds that have melded into a powerful cadre that produces an amazing multi-day, multi-event festival now known as Gallabrae.
We are now ranked among the top Games worldwide by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, and we were singularly honored in 2010 to have as our Most Distinguished Guest HRH The Prince Edward, the first time any member of the British Royal Family had attended a Games outside of Scotland.
Gates open at 8:30am – Opening Ceremonies at 9:00am – Military Tribute at 11:00am – Greatest Scottish Happy Hour & Celtic Jam at 5:30pm.
See you Memorial Weekend in 2018!