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Hovander Homestead Park and Tennant Lake Interpretive Center entrances sign (November 2017). Stock photo Discover Ferndale

New Scottish festival scheduled for June in Ferndale

Organizers recently announced the Bellingham Scottish Gathering will be held at Hovander Homestead Park on Saturday, June 2nd. This will be the first year of what organizers hope will become an annual event.

Heather Richendrfer is organizing the festival which will celebrate Scotland’s culture according to a press release. Competitive dance, bagpipe bands and athletic events along with displays of Scottish animals, vendors and traditional crafts are planned.

The Bellingham Scottish Gathering event was recently awarded $11,000 in grant money from the 2018 Whatcom County Lodging Tax Fund.

Richendrfer has been active in the local Scottish community as the owner of a Highland dancing school for 43 years according to the press release. She also has organized past dance competitions at the Bellingham Highland Games and more recently at the Skagit Valley Highland Games and US Highland Dance Championship.

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Richendrfer is quoted in the news release, “The Bellingham Scottish Gathering allows me to use my expertise to establish this event as a world-class festival of Scottish culture while promoting and enhancing tourism in Whatcom County.”

Interested vendors and event participants are encouraged to contact her regarding opportunities to participate during the festival. Community volunteers to help with the setup and businesses interested in being a sponsor should also contact her she said. Richendrfer can be reached via email at dance@clanheather.com.

Past years saw the Bellingham Highland Games (BHG) held at Hovander Homestead Park but, during February 2017, organizers cancelled last year’s event citing financial challenges. No word from BHG organizers so far regarding the possibility of their event returning this year.

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4 Comments

  1. Trella Hastings Trella Hastings January 23, 2018

    I play with the NW Scottish Fiddlers in the Seattle area. If you are interested in having some of our group to play, I will send you the contact person’s name.
    ~Trella Hastings

  2. James Mentzer James Mentzer March 9, 2018

    Jim Mentzer Vice Chair of National Tartan Day Washington
    The organization is looking for an application for Clan/Organization tent space for this event.

    • Heather Richendrfer Heather Richendrfer March 9, 2018

      Thank you for your interest in the new Bellingham Scottish Gathering! I will send toy the information.

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