President’s Message
    The 2017 Tacoma Highland Games is quickly approaching. Each day we receive vendor and clan applications. Contracts are signed. E-mails are answered. The website and Facebook page are updated. Policies are reviewed and participating organizations confirmed. Volunteers are distributing posters and brochures with advertising underway with local, state and national publications.

    The board is excited to continue the Celtic Concert to be held on Friday, June 23rd from 6:00-9:00 PM. Entertainment is under the direction of Red McWilliams. It is hoped this event will expand the community's awareness of our Highland activities at Frontier Park and allow them to experience an exciting Celtic Concert, food vendors, commercial vendors, beer garden and clan/society tents.

    "Celebrate Families" continues to be our focus in 2017. We believe our youngsters should be part of the Scottish cultural experience. Robert Glenn will direct the Youth Field Events which replicates (with modifications) the adult Field Events activities. The Children's Activities, held in the corral and coordinated by Girl Scout Troop #40195, will continue to provide a myriad of Celtic related activities for children ages 2-12.

    Lindsey Johnstone, chair of the Security Committee, continues to work with Pierce County Security and the Explorer Police Cadets to provide 24-hour on-site security for this year's Games. Graham Fire and Rescue

services will once again provide on-site medical services.

    As plans are underway for our 2017 Games, I want to thank the Tacoma Highland Games Board of Directors and Key Volunteers for their continued effort throughout the year. They have continued working behind the scenes to promote our event and plan for this year's Games and…

thanks to you for supporting our

48th annual event.

Diana Kildow, President

National Tartan Day
April 6th was designated National Tartan Day by a Presidential Proclamation in 2008. National Tartan Day celebrates the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognizes their many contributions to our culture and way of life. To celebrate, please join the National Tartan Day Society at noon on Thursday at the Capitol grounds in Olympia. Proudly wear your family tartan that day!

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