FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who puts the Games on?
The Caledonian Club of Sacramento has presented The Games starting 139 years ago. It is an all-volunteer effort and we could not do it without wonderful community partners in Woodland. These community partners include: Pioneer High School senior class, Woodland Fire Deptartment Auxiliary, Yolo County Fairgrounds A-Team, Suburban Propane, the Woodland Police and Fire Departments, Westamerica Bank, Woodland Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Why do you put the Games on?
To provide an arena for Scottish competition and arts, to provide education and entertainment to the public on “things Scottish” and to generate funds for charitable gifts and educational scholarships that are offered by the Caledonian Club.
Where are the Games held?
The Games has made their home at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, in Woodland, California since 1997.
When are they?
In 2016 they will be on April 23 and 24.
What are the hours?
Both days The Games start at 9 AM and close at 5 PM. The Saturday night’s Ceilidh is from 5:30PM to 10:00PM
What are the ticket prices?
|Admission Prices at the Gate||1-Day Ticket||2-Day Ticket|
Active Military Personnel with I.D. and children under 8: Free
Be ‘thrifty’ and save some money. Use our advance ticket option at www.sacramentoscotgames.org
How many people attend?
We are fortunate that our average attendance is about 10-12,000 guests. In addition, there are well over 1,000 competitors and exhibitors. It takes just over 1,000 volunteers to organize and present The Games as well.
What is the best day to attend?
Whichever day you can. All the competitions, performances and ceremonies occur both days. Check our Schedule page, QR code available, if looking for a specific event. A few events only happen on one day.
Is there food available?
Yes, we have food and beverage vendors who offer both Scottish and American food and beverages.
Does that include haggis?
Yes, one of our food vendors, Heritage Foods, does a haggis with tatties and neeps (potatoes and turnips for those who don’t speak Scots) plate. By the way, the USDA doesn’t allow haggis to be imported from Scotland, something about organ meat. You can also check in the vendor halls to see if any carry canned haggis, which can be imported and there are a few haggis makers who produce it for export.
Are the games family friendly?
You bet! There are all kinds of things for all ages. Besides watching the competitions there are historic groups who present demonstrations on the period in Scottish history they represent; there is the Land of Lads and Lassies with games and prizes for smaller children with a clown doing things like balloon animals, there are musical entertainers, vendors of all sorts of Scottish goods and opportunities to try things like Scottish County Dancing, plus lots of shade and benches to just relax and enjoy The Games.
Who is the Caledonian Club?
We are a social club, open to all persons, who enjoy things Scottish. The Club is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that does all the things that social clubs do, we have regular meetings, social gatherings and of course organize and present the Sacramento Valley Scottish Game and Gathering.
How long have you been doing this?
2016 will be the 140th Anniversary edition of The Games. While it has not been a continuous 140 years, world wars and the great depression saw a suspension of The Games, 2016 will be the 56th edition since The Games were revived. But we honor those who in 1876 founded the Caledonian Club of Sacramento and those who kept The Games alive though so many years.
What do you do with the profits from the Games?
We’re thrilled when we do make money. Many years it is a breakeven operation and once in a while the Club has to go to savings. But, we have been mostly lucky that the Sacramento area has supported The Games and so, after we put a bit aside for next year, it goes to fund charity and educational programs of the Club.
We have offered individual scholarships in the Scottish performing arts, Scottish Highland Dance, piping and drumming and Scottish drum majors. In addition, we recently underwrote a seminar, open to all area pipers and drummer, with instructors from Scotland and Canada. This gave the attendees an opportunity to improve their playing and learn from instructors they might not have otherwise have had the opportunity. We have underwritten similar seminars on Scottish Highland Dance, Scottish Fiddle and Scottish Drum Majors.
Where do visitors to the Games come from?
The Sacramento metro area, including Woodland, Davis and Roseville, is our main draw. But we have folks attending from all over California and from Nevada as well.
Where do the competitors at the games come from?
The level of competition at our Games is of the highest caliber. We have competitors from all over California, the United States and Canada and have regular competitors from Northern Ireland. We have had competitors from Scotland, England, South Africa and Japan.
By the way, they all pay their own way. The Club and The Games do not underwrite their expenses.
But what if I’m not Scottish?
Na problem! As we say. You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy The Games. With all the competitions, entertainment, activities and vendors there are plenty of things to enjoy.
But if you have a drop of Scottish ancestry; we’re the place to be. The sound of the pipes, the sight of the kilt and the tossing of the caber just makes the blood flow faster.
What is the caber?
A traditional Scottish athletic competition that involved a large pole, think telephone pole. The ‘toss’ is not for distance but to be successful the competitor must ‘turn’ the pole end over end directly in front of him/her. Points are deducted if the pole lands either side of directly opposite, but it must be turned to get any points.
I’m of Scottish heritage, but I don’t know much about it. Could I learn more about it at the Games?
You bet! In addition to all the competitions and vendors we have representatives of Scottish name societies, better know as Scottish Clans, who are more than willing to help folk research their heritage.
In addition, we present seminars on things like: History of Tartan, Scottish Gaelic Language and Culture, Scottish Malt Whiskey, and Tracing your Scottish Ancestors.
Can we rent wheelchairs?
Sorry no. The Fairgrounds has ADA walkways, buildings and restrooms. The grounds are flat and easy to get around.
Is there first aid at the Fairgrounds?
There are EMT/firefighters on site and will assist if you have a problem. Please check in with the Information Booth, at the center of the grounds, if you need assistance. You can also check with any Security personnel member or the Chairperson in the location you are attending.
Can I bring my pet?
The Yolo County Fairgrounds prohibits pets on the fairgrounds unless a dog is licensed as a Service Dog. They follow the Federal guide lines which indicates that the dog must provide a “service.” Please do not leave your lovely pet in your vehicle. Check our web site under “Hotels” for the name of area kennels.
What about glass containers?
The Yolo County Fairgrounds prohibits any glass container on the grounds. This is a safety regulation. The glass container will be removed when located.
Are there adult beverages at the Games?
We do not allow liquor to be brought in by guests/participants. When located, the items will be removed by our Security team. We wish to operate a friendly, family atmosphere.
Where can I find Lost & Found?
Lost and found is located at the Caledonian Club tent near the Information Booth. Items will be turned in there. After the Games the items not returned are left at the Yolo County Fairgrounds Office (1125 East Street – (530) 402-2222).
Where can I find out more?
Our website, www.sacramentoscotsgames.org has all the details of times, prices and all the activities of the Caledonian Club of Sacramento. Just click back to the page you are interested in.
Any last thoughts?
We like to say that The Games are a wee bit of Scotland in your own backyard, without the price of an airline ticket or the hassles of airport security. We’re proud to present the finest in Scottish competitions, entertainment, activities, with a bit of education as well, in what we call The Friendly Games.