The Scots On The Rocks Moab Celtic Festival (Nov 7-9) brings the traditions of the Highland Games to some of the most beautiful red-rock country on Earth. Moab – (pronounced with a long ‘O’ and a short ‘A’) is an amazing place in South-eastern Utah, home to the largest concentration of natural stone arches, ancient Native American rock carvings and trails where you can follow the footprints of dinosaurs – it is well worth the journey.
Lining-up the entertainment this year are the hugely popular ‘Winked Tinkers’, together with the Heather Brock Dancers. Do not worry, the red-rock desert is dry – but the festival is sponsored by the local Moab Brewery, who have created a festival bear garden – an oasis in the desert.
The Scots on the Rocks Moab Celtic Festival is a group effort – the best of all worlds! – and is run by the Great Basin Branch of the Western United States Pipe Band Association; Utah Heavy Athletics; members of the Utah Scottish Association; the Federation of the US Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA) of Highland Dancing and individual members of Utah’s Celtic community. The festival features a number of competitive events for pipe bands, solo piping and drumming, Highland dancing and heavy Athletics – so this is a great chance to see some of the best performers compete in beautiful surroundings.