As the seventh year of the Mint Hill Highland Games begins Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 at The Park on Fairview, organizers feel they have nearly perfected the art of hosting a Scottish festival. Other than a little rain in recent years, for the most part the event has run smoothly.
This year, they have a different concern. On the first three weekends of May, there are several Scottish festivals being held within driving distance of Mint Hill.
“It’s a delicate balance trying to find a date,” said Donna Rogers, the event’s founder.
The Mint Hill Highland Games has seen a steady rise in attendance since it was first held in 2005. Rogers said they expect 4,000-5,000 to attend this year. Because the festival charges by the car, it’s difficult to gauge exact attendance counts.
Rogers said people will come from all over the state and beyond to attend the festival. Perhaps the biggest draw in recent years has been the music. For the last three years, the headlining band has been Rathkeltair, a world famous Celtic-rock band. This year, Glengarry Bhoys will be performing four times over the weekend. The band, which hails from Canada, is one of the most popular Celtic bands on the Scottish games circuit, and is making a rare appearance in the south. Founded in 1988, the band is described as “a Celtic fusion band blending traditional Scottish and Irish music with modern Celtic and contemporary sounds.”
Also playing this year’s festival is Stirling Bridge, a Celtic band from the Charlotte area. Rogers’ husband, Trip is the group’s lead singer. […]