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After 12 years in Tulsa at River West Festival Park, SCOTFEST will move to a new home in 2018 at Chisholm Trail South Park, 21101 E. 101st St., just east of the Northeastern State University and the Creek Turnpike, festival director Steve Campbell confirmed Dec. 18. SCOTFEST, the City of Broken Arrow and the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the next chapter of SCOTFEST, kicking off the 39th annual Celtic Music Festival & Highland Games on Sept. 14, 2018, with the sounds of flame throwing bagpipes and guitars, drums and fiddles and the hurling of giant cabers, Highland dance and more for the whole family to enjoy.
After a record breaking 2017, festival organizers appreciate that one of Green Country’s largest and longest running festivals was in need of room to grow. “It had become apparent over the last few years that we needed to position ourselves for future growth”Campbell said.
The event has seen significant expansion over the last decade growing from around 3,000 guests yearly to over 25,000 in 2017. Many World Records have been earned, a plethora of regional, national and international Folk and Celtic rock bands have been brought to Northeast Oklahoma. SCOTFEST has showcased dozens of Pipe Bands, Highland and Irish dance troupes, and over 300 world-class athletes in the annual Highland Games.
“The expansive event facility that the citizens of Broken Arrow have is one of a kind and a real gem,” Campbell said. "The space we need to grow our event bigger and better is in abundance here.”
For the past 38 years, SCOTFEST has been held on the third weekend in September, and 2018 will be no exception.
“Broken Arrow prides itself on annual events like Rooster Days, the Gatesway Balloon Fest, the Cox Family Concert and now we’re proud to partner with SCOTFEST to add another signature event to our calendar” said Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond. “Our citizens have invested millions in continuing to make Broken Arrow a world-class city and events like SCOTFEST highlight that effort.”
“Our goal with the Chisholm Trail South Park was to bring world-class events to the state’s largest suburb,” said Broken Arrow Chamber President Wes Smithwick. “Building a partnership with SCOTFEST will ensure that we meet these goals year after year.”
SCOTFEST kicks off at 5 p.m., Sept. 14, 2018, with tickets available Feb. 1 online at okscotfest.com.