McPherson Festival of Cultures
On September 23, 2016 To September 25, 2016

McPherson Lakeside Park

510 Lakeside Drive McPherson, KS 67460

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About The Festival

Celebrating Scottish traditions, embracing the World!

WELCOME TO MCPHERSON FESTIVAL OF CULTURES

For more than 20 years, McPherson was home to the annual McPherson Scottish Festival featuring Highland games, Celtic music, dance and food.

In 2016, festival organizers broadened the event to include all nationalities and renamed the event McPherson Festival of Cultures.

Enhancements celebrate the community’s diverse ethnic heritage and encourage festival attendance by both locals and visitors.

The Highland games and pipe band events continue to entertain the crowds while a full slate of live music, demonstrations, market booths and food vendors embrace the world.

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Highland Events

The McPherson Highland Games & IHGF All-American Amateur Highland Games Championship 2016, competitive Highland Dancing, along with a strong Clan participation will carry on all traditions of the McPherson Scottish Festival. We will also have the Friday night ceremony, followed by a potluck at 7pm on September 23rd 2016.

Entertainment

Various entertainers

Entertainers at the McPherson Festival of Cultures & Highland Games 2016.

Speaker
Chris Arpad is an American steel drummer based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his solo steel drum performances which combine his own vocals and live steel pan with his custom instrumental and vocal backing tracks to create a full band sound; and he is also known as DJ Arpad, adding DJ music to his live steel drum shows. READ MORE.
Chris Arpad

Steel Sensation

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Smithfield Fair presents a variety of original songs and traditional adaptations that transport listeners out of their day-to-day with a hopefulness and a reflection on better times and themes. Their uncommon music is folk-based, but awash with elements of swing, gospel, Celtic, blues, and swamp pop, attesting to their upbringing in the musical crossroads of the deep south. Read More
Smithfield Fair

FORTY-THREE YEARS OF UNCOMMON MUSIC

Speaker
With thirteen seasons and two well-received tours of Ireland and Scotland under their belt, Tullamore stands as one of the Heartland's premiere Celtic bands. Mark Clavey, Mary Hanover, and Rachel Gaither deliver the music of Ireland and Scotland in rich and clear vocals, tight harmonies and instrumentals, and cool and clever arrangements.  Tullamore draws rave reviews from their audiences everywhere they go. READ MORE
Tullamore

CELTIC TRADITION MEETS CONTEMPORARY FOLK

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St. Paradise is a Fun & Refreshing way to enjoy the festival. Relax and let the soothing sound of the steel drum take you away!  Since 1996 St. Paradise has been performing professionally throughout the Midwest engaging audiences with a fresh enthusiasm that is contagious. Their clients appreciate a mixture of Caribbean & Reggae singing, dancing, hula hoop and limbo contests, and lots of surprises. Like a cool drink on a hot day, St. Paradise is Fun & Refreshing Read More
St. Paradise

Steel Drum Band

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Band Members: Fifo Rengifo - Bass/Leader, Ricardo Gallo - Piano, Freddy Colorado - Percussion, Larry Joseph - Drums, Lucho Blanco - sax, Camilo Rios - Clarinet Read More
Fifo and Citizens of the World

Jazz / World / Latin Jazz

Highland Events


McPherson Highland Games 

 

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McPherson Highland Dancing

 

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Gathering of the Clans

 

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*Fire ceremony and Pot Luck supper for the Clans will be held on September 23rd.

Events

Returning this year

  • Bands- Smithfield Fair, Tullamore
  • Black Hearts Renaissance Sword Fighters
  • Sunflower Clydesdales
  • Highland Cattle
  • Border Collie Herding Demonstrations
  • Kansas Falcons (Saturday only)
  • Corry Academy Irish Dancing (Sunday only)
  • Sunflower Stompers (Sunday only) 

New Events to look forward to

  • Beer Garden with Craft beer
  • Bands- St. Paradise, Fifo and Citizens of the World, Amy Wiggins
  • Fortune Cookie- 5K Fun Run- SIGN UP NOW!!
  • Paddle boats
  • Demonstrations from around the world- Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba
  • Indian Dancers
  • Drum Circle and Blessing of Mother Earth
  • McPherson PD Dunk Tank
  • AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!
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       Children’s Events

    • Story Telling Tent with Skye
    • Arts and craft tent
    • Scottish Clans Passport Game (PRIZES for completed passport)
    • Children’s Highland Games
    • Wee Pub games
    • Bubble garden
    • Face painting
    • Bounce house by McPherson Fire Dept.

    A nursing/ changing tent will also be available this year.

    FOR THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE, CLICK HERE

    International Dinner and Scotch Tasting

    Festival of Cultures Dinner Buffet 

    Venue: McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation.

    Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 24th at 6:00pm

    Cost: $15.00 per person

    Dinner by reservation only and no tickets will be sold at the door.

    Deadline to make reservations is Monday, Sept. 19th at 1:00pm.

    To make reservations, select Festival of Cultures buffet Dinner under Tickets!

     

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    Festival of Cultures Scotch Tasting

    Venue: McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation.

    Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 24th at 4.00pm to 6.00 pm

    Cost: $40 per person (or) $250 for a table (8 people)

    By reservation only and no tickets will be sold at the door.

    Deadline to make reservations is Tuesday, Sept. 20th.

    To Make reservations, select Festival of Cultures Scotch Tasting- One Adult 21+.

     

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