The 2017 Games are over, but our Board of Directors and Key Volunteers are busy prreparing for the 49th Tacoma Highland Games to be held on June 22 –23, 2018. We are pleased to announce our Games will again include a Friday evening Celtic Concert.
With everyone’s help, we’ve seen an expansion in the number of family activities offered at Frontier Park. The 2017 Games attracted over 174 competitors, 23 vendors, 21 Clan-Societies and 10 demonstrations. We especially enjoyed and appreciated the participation of local high school groups who assisted us, including the Army Jr. ROTC, Zenyu Judo Dojo, Explorer Police Cadets and Girl Scout Troop #40195.
“Celebrate Families” in 2018 will continue to be our focus. Frontier Park will continue to be accessible to attendees of all ages, there will be instrumental music and entertainment offered all day, the Children’s Activities in the corral will be expanded and we will offer a wider variety of Celtic opportunitiesfor families.
We continue to network with businesses in our area through active participation in the Graham Business Association. Our goal is to expand our presance in the community and help our presence in the communitya and help our event become bigger and better.
Your Board of Directors is also planning for the special 50th anniversary of the Tacoma Highland Games in 2019. Your ideas and suggestions would be appreciated as we plan for this exciting milestone.
The Board has spent many hours the past two months examining data from our recent Games. After much discussion, an Action Plan was developed to adddress the general decline in attendance, the decrease in the number of volunteers and association members, and the difficulty attracting supporters for the future management of the association.
The enclosed flyer summarizes our plan. We hope to see you at the November 12th meeting at Fronteer Park to share your thoughts and suggestions. As on-going supporters of the Tacoma Highland Games, your input is valued.
Diana Kildow, President