Fergus Scottish Festival Announces Plans for 75th Anniversary 2021
Fergus, ON ~ The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games would like to announce its plans for the 2021 Festival year.
In 2020 we were devastated that our event was cancelled and our 75th Anniversary postponed but we were thrilled to create and present a virtual event, the successful Wee Digital Ceilidh, as well as community engagement activities to “Paint the Town Tartan” in its place. Virtual attendance matched in person numbers and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. From the Wee Digital Ceilidh we learned that we can adapt in uncertain times and do what we do best – host a world class Scottish Festival and Highland Games, regardless of the format.
Moving into 2021, our Board of Directors and staff continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and projections for the year ahead. With careful consideration, we have acknowledged that a live event like our Festival with crowds in the thousands is unrealistic in the current and unprecedented pandemic situation. Our priority continues to be the ongoing recovery efforts and ensuring that our guests, volunteers, competitors, performers, clans, sponsors, and community are safe and healthy so they can enjoy ‘Scotland without the Airfare’ well into the future. As such we have made the proactive decision to not host our 2021 Festival in person live event, and instead encourage everyone to save the date for August 13 – 15th as we present our second ever virtual Festival and Highland Games. Should pandemic restrictions allow we will explore opportunities to add modified live components.
Our virtual event will continue to bring guests the best the Festival has to offer and will feature our four pillars – Heavy Events, Highland Dance, Clans & Heritage, and Pipes & Drums as well as special features and Festival favourites from through the years. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for announcements and updates as we have some surprises in our sporans to help us celebrate the 75th Anniversary 2.021!
The Festival is grateful for the steadfast support we received last year and heading into our next, albeit different, Festival season. We look forward to sharing our best with you in 2021.