Kilt Competition

The history of the kilt in Scotland stretches back to at least the end of the 16th century. The kilt first appeared as the belted plaid or great kilt, a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder, or brought up over the head as a hood. The small kilt or walking kilt (similar to the ‘modern’ kilt) did not develop until the late 17th or early 18th century, and is essentially the bottom half of the great kilt.

The kilt has been a garment of Scotland and Gaelic heritage, but it has also been adopted in modern times by other Celtic nations. It is typically made of a woolen cloth with a tartan pattern. The tartan colors and patterns are associated with specific Scottish clans or Celtic nations. Although it is mostly seen during formal occasions or sporting events, it is becoming more and more popular as an every day garment, as it was meant back in the day. Come show off your heritage or even just the kilt you have!The Kilt Competition takes place on the Steamboat Stage, on Saturday, July 15th at 6:15 pm. Audience participation is essential, so we hope to see a big turn out.

  • Rules to enter:
    Children, dogs, women, and men are all welcome.
  • Contestants must wear a tartan or contemporary style kilt.
  • Other cultural pieces (such as Sporran, Kilt Hose, Flashes, Ghillie Broughs, Boots, Sgian Dubh or Dirks) are optional, but not required.
  • Undergarments are strongly suggested.
  • Each contestant should register at the tent just prior to the competition. There is no fee to enter. (Forms will be available the day of the event.)
  • Contestants are judged by the audience, not a panel of judges.