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2015 Guest Band

We welcome the return of Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, a competitive and concert pipe band based in Vancouver, B.C., as the Guest Band this year.

Originally established in 1971 the band was promoted to Grade 1 after winning the North American Pipe Band Championships in 2007. It is one of the top three pipe bands in North America and is now ranked 8th in the world.

The 42-member band is led by Pipe Major David Hilder, Drum Major Peter Hendrickson, and Pipe Sergeant Shaunna Hilder. In addition to Canadian pipers and drummers the band includes award-winning pipers and drummers from Washington, California, Australia and Denmark. The band wears the MacLean of Duart Weathered Tartan.

Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band holds the honor of being the first band outside of Scotland to win a major World Championship prize, winning "The Sash" in 1979 under Lead Drummer Willie McErlean.

In August of 2014 Dowco Triumph Street travelled once again to Glasgow, Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green. The band successfully qualified for the Grade 1 final for a sixth consecutive year, finishing 10th place overall in World and 2nd in North America. The band will be competing again this year at the World Championships held in Glasgow on August 14th and 15th, 2015.

Posted June 29, 2015 in News.

Highland Dancers

Online entries open on April 1st.
Dance Rules
Register Online
Previous Results

Heavy Athletics

Online entries open on April 1st.
Register Online
Previous Results
Records (pdf)

Drum Majors

Online entries - TBA
Previous Results

Piping and Drumming

Online entries open on April 1st.
Register Online
Previous Results


Online entries open on April 1st.
Fiddle Competition Rules
Register Online
Previous Results

Pipe Bands

Online entries open on April 1st.
Register Online
Previous Results

Kilted Mile

Online entries open on April 1st.
Register Online
Previous Results

Tax Forms

Forms required for all judges and competitors who receive cash prizes:

Competitor Registrations for the 2015 Portland Highland Games open on April 1st. Please contact individual competition chair with specific questions.

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2015 Chieftain of the Day

John Young

It is with great pleasure that the Portland Highland Games Association honors Jim Young, long-time "Friend of the Games," as the 2015 Chieftain of the Day.

We can thank John for the long relationship that the Games has had with KGW Radio/TV and News Channel 8. It began as early as 1985 and continues to this day. John has always felt that the Portland Highland Games not only displayed the wealth of Scottish heritage in the Pacific Northwest, but would also showcase Portland on an international stage.

John Young is a native Portlander and born of Scottish grandparents from Glasgow. He grew up in North Portland and Beaverton and attended Oregon State and Portland State Universities, graduating in 1971. John began his career in advertising and marketing with ESCO Steel, followed by four years in radio broadcasting sales before joining KGW TV Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in the Rose City, as a Sales Account Executive. He considers it as the best job in the world.

Golf, with its deep roots in Scotland, has also been an important part of John’s life. In addition to participating in several PHGA Kilted Golf tournaments, he has been involved with the Tournament Golf Foundation and the LPGA effort in Oregon for more than three decades. He was tournament chairman in 1993 and 1994 and is proud to be able to say that the group¹s effort has contributed over 17 million dollars to locally based children¹s charities in the Portland market.

John has made several trips to Scotland, both for golf and to visit close friends. He and his wife, Jenny, plan to visit more often now that he has retired after 35 years at KGW TV.

To quote John, "I am a Scot and darn proud of it!”

We thank you, John, for your enthusiastic support of the Portland Highland Games -- helping us foster and preserve traditional Scottish Highland culture in the Northwest.

Posted on June 23, 2015.

Ceilidh Dancing Session

We invite you to come and join us, take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn the fun social dances traditionally danced at a Ceilidh. Everyone is welcome to join in and all ages are welcome---novice to experienced alike.

The traditional Gaelic Social Gathering, or House Party, is frequently referred to as a Ceilidh (Kay-lee), "a visit". A Ceilidh may include folk music and singing, traditional dancing, storytelling, poetry, readings, step dancing, skits and jokes; a casual do-it-yourself form of entertainment within the local community.

This year, Fiddle Judge Judi Nicholson and keyboardist Lisa Scott are playing for the Ceilidh dancing session at 3:30 p.m. in the Gym. All dances will be taught and called by Marge Mcleod van Nus.

Come and learn these fun Celtic social dances and be ready to kick up your heels at your next Ceilidh, wherever your travels may take you! There is no fee and no need to sign up ahead of time.

Posted on June 22, 2015.

2015 Host Hotel

The new host hotel for this year is close to airport and has complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and light rail Cascade station:

Holiday Inn Portland Airport - (205)
8439 NE Columbia Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97220-1382

Other hotel, motel and camping accommodations close to the Portland Highland Games can be found by visiting any of the following websites:

Mt Hood Community College has a policy of NO OVERNIGHT PARKING OR CAMPING on campus. Please, respect that and find other overnight accommodations.

Posted on June 3, 2015.

Welcome all new and returning vendors!

We invite you to participate as a vendor in the 2015 Portland Highland Games. The enthusiastic crowd is eager to buy your wares as they celebrate their Scottish heritage.

Note that in addition to the main games day on Saturday you might also consider participating on Friday when the upper field is open for the Heavy Amateur Athletic Competitions.

To reserve your space as a vendor, please review the following documents, sign the forms and return them with your proof of insurance and payment in full to:

Kris Duncan, Vendor Coordinator 19363 Willamette Dr. #247 West Linn, OR 97068

All submissions must be postmarked on or before May 29th, 2015 and received no later than June 4th, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail duncank@phga.org or vendors@phga.org

Once we have received all signed documents, your proof of insurance and payment in full, and we have confirmed you registered as a vendor for the 2015 Games we will list you here and also include you in the Games souvenir program.

2015 Vendor Policy Rules
2015 Mt. Hood Community College Special Event Rules
2015 Vendor Agreement
2014 Games Map (for planning purposes only)


Posted on May 5, 2015.

Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar for the Portland Highland Games on July 18, 2015.

Once again we will bring you world-class pipe bands, Celtic entertainment, top competition in Scottish heavy athletics, Highland dancing, fiddling, piping and drumming competitions. The Kilted Mile run, sheepdog demonstrations, Children's games and activities, MacTarnahan Memorial Challenge caber toss, Clan tents and the Parade of Massed Bands are always among the favorites.

Competitor registration will be available starting on April 1st. Get your entry forms here on April 1.

Buy your admission tickets in advance online and get great discounts. Raffle tickets and memberships are also available for your purchase online.

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If you would like to be involved, you can join us. There are many volunteer opportunities to do both during the year and on the day of the Games. And as a "thank you" you will get free admission to the Games. Learn more about how you can help.

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Posted on March 26, 2015.

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