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Celebrate the 41st Arkansas Scottish Festival this April

Get a taste for tartans and more at the 41st Arkansas Scottish Festival!

Lyon College will host the annual event from Friday, April 3, through Sunday, April 5. 

The festival weekend kicks off with the Kilted Mile at 6 p.m. Friday in Downtown Batesville. Register for $15 to receive your regulation racing kilt. Cash awards of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place will be given in both the men’s and women’s categories. 

The President’s Reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Highland House. Enjoy a range of hors d'oeuvres, like Scottish Meat Pie Pickups and Steak Yakitori Skewers, for only $25.

Start off Saturday right with Scottish Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. in Edwards Commons!

The Scottish Festival opens to the public at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 4.

Take in the sights and sounds of the festival with the new Tartan 20 Bike Ride. The ride starts at 10 a.m. and begins and ends at the Brown Chapel Fine Arts Building. Registration is $65 and includes a custom cycling jersey while supplies last.

The L’il Highlanders Fun Zone also opens at 10 a.m. on the South Lawn of the Lyon Building. This family-friendly area features the Wee Highland Games and a Duct Tape Armory where kids can design and create their own Scottish shields. 

For patrons 21 and older, the new Lost Forty Brewing Entertainment Tent will offer a place to unwind in between Scots Fest staples like Sheepdog Demonstrations, Highland Dancing, and the Highland Athletics Competition. The tent will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features a special Glasgow Chip Shop Menu. Registration is $15.

The Opening Ceremonies and the Parade of Bands and Clans will begin at 1 p.m. on Couch Garden. 

The Alumni Mix & Mingle will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons. Check out the Dog Show at 2:45 p.m. on Couch Garden and the Most Glorious Beard Contest at 3 p.m. in the Lost Forty Entertainment Tent!

The Festival Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. on Couch Garden, and Saturday will wind down with a Cocktail Hour, Feast, Ceilidh and Dancing at 6 p.m.

The festival opens again at 8 a.m. Sunday. Enjoy Tea & Scones at 8:30 a.m. in the Brown Chapel Fine Arts Building before attending the Iona Worship Service at 9 a.m.

Don’t miss out on the final Highland Dancing, Sheepdog and Scottish Athletic demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. The Lost Forty Brewing Entertainment Tent will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival concludes with the Bonniest Knees Contest at 12 p.m. and officially closes at 2 p.m.

Visit ARScottishFest.com for a full schedule of events!