Prosser is known more for its wine than as a place brimming with Scottish heritage.
But for 15 years, the Lower Yakima Valley city has been home to a boisterous festival packed with everything from highland dancing and pipe bands to an anvil launch and events like the caber toss.
This year’s Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20 at the Prosser Wine & Food Park.
“It’s a day of highland family fun,” said Ellen Bentley, one of the organizers.
A highland dance competition starts at 9 a.m. It features highland dances “historically performed by warriors as pre-battle preparations and victory celebrations, plus national dances that developed after the highland dances were banned by the English following the Battle of Culloden,” a news release said. The dance competition ends about 11:30 a.m.
At noon, a welcoming ceremony including a parade of tartans and anvil launch is planned.
From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 32 kilt-clad men and women will take part in “heavy athletics,” competing in the caber toss, sheaf toss, stone, hammer and weight events. The competition already is full, but festival-goers who summon the courage will be able to test themselves in anvil and keg toss events.
A kids version of the athletics competition — for lads and lasses ages 7 to 14 — is in the afternoon. Young competitors can sign up at the festival.
The Highland Market will feature local and regional artisans and Scottish and Irish imports, and food and drinks will be available — from haggis and Scottish ale to burgers, hotdogs and wine, the news release said.
Other activities range from sheep shearing, fiber spinning and weaving demonstrations to a “bonny knees” contest for men.
Returning favorites the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society, Skweez the Weezle, Shadle Park Pipe Band and Highland Dancers and the Tieton-based Highland Pipes and Drums are set to perform, along with two groups — Broken Whistle and The Fire Inside — making their Prosser Scottish Fest debut.
The Port of Benton, Prosser Chamber of Commerce and PMH Medical Center are among the partners in the event.
Bentley said festival-goers should come prepared for a good time. Prosser may not be known for its Scottish heritage, but its Scottish Fest is authentically fun.
“We try to offer something different,” Bentley said.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger are admitted free. Admission is good for the whole day.
Tickets are available at www.prosserscottishfest.org or at the festival.
The Prosser Wine & Food Park is at 2140 Wine Country Road.