The Scottish Highland Games is known for its wide variety of music and traditional Scottish competitions

Activities abound at Enumclaw’s street fair, Highland Games

The busiest weekend of Enumclaw's summer season is just two days away, with final arrangements being made for the downtown street fair and the Scottish Highland Games.

The busiest weekend of Enumclaw’s summer season is just two days away, with final arrangements being made for the downtown street fair and the Scottish Highland Games.

The Enumclaw Rotary Club is again sponsoring the street fair, which will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Visitors will find Cole Street lined with vendors, live entertainment at two locations and fun and games for youngsters in the Kid Zone. In addition, there will be a variety of food and craft vendors and a Saturday morning fun run. New this year is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Entertainment will be found on the main stage, which makes a slight move this year. It will be on Cole Street at Stevenson Avenue. Adding a new twist, a vacant lot adjacent to the stage will be turned into an outdoor, adults-only lounge where a vendor will serve beer, wine and spirits.

Acts also will perform at the corner of Cole and Myrtle Avenue.

For the 10th year, a Saturday morning 5K run/walk will begin and end on Railroad Street next to the public library. This year’s event begins with a “kids dash,” covering a little less than a mile, at 8:45, with the main event following at 9.

The early sign-up period has passed, but registration will be taken beginning at 7:30 Saturday morning at the race site. The cost is $12 for the kids’ event and $25 for adults; there’s also a $60 family rate.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers, both male and female, in a variety of age categories.

Details can be found by visiting www.enumclawstreetfair.com and clicking on the “5K run/walk” link.

The 3-on-3 hoop tourney will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. Four temporary courts will be set up on Kasey Kahne Drive, meaning the roadway will be off-limits to vehicles. The street will be closed at 6 a.m.

Registration for the tournament has closed.

Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering

The 70th annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering kicks off Friday evening, then gets rolling for the general public at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Enumclaw Expo Center. The fun continues until 11 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

These Highland Games, hosted by the Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association, are the sixth-oldest in the United States and are the largest in Washington state. Last year’s event drew an estimated 20,000 visitors.

An annual highlight is the massing of the pipe and drum bands and the parade of the clans, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors can stroll through the Avenue of the Clans, delve into Scottish heritage or wind through the Hall of Vendors and the Celtic Marketplace to see the workmanship of Scottish artisans. Others will wander through the Scottish farm with shaggy Scotch Highland cattle and Clydesdale horses, visit the Celtic kennel or perhaps hoist a glass or two of Scottish-style ales.

The musical acts traditionally provide everything from quiet strings to raucous reels. Acts range from Blackthorn, which celebrates the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, to the three-part harmonies of Golden Bough, and the popular Wicked Tinkers. As always, athletes will compete in traditional Celtic events like the caber toss and sheaf toss.

Tickets are $17 for adults per day or a two-day pass is available for $25. Reduced prices are available for senior citizens, children and active military. There’s a $7 daily fee for parking.

For information call 206-522-2541 or visit www.sshga.org.

More in News

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.

Holiday shows bring out the classics, family favorites

Sumner’s two performance arts groups have a slew of holiday shows for you to enjoy.

Sumner students spent summer learning to define, defy boundaries

Four Sumner High School students explored the world of boundaries last summer when they attended the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization’s World Student Conference in New York.

Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County | Public Health Insider

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s STD Clinic Director, Dr. Lindley Barbee, MD, MPH has found antibiotic resistance in a drug that is used to treat gonorrhea. We talked to her to find out more.

Bonney Lake, Sumner gear up for holiday festivities

Plateau holiday festivities are right around the corner.

Enumclaw, Buckley busy during the holidays

What’s going on during the holiday season on the Plateau? Here’s a list of activities you and your family may enjoy!