Roscoe Blog

Roscoe's Headline Event Will Open the 2018 Chicago Scottish Festival

Mark Stedman - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Roscoe Headline Event Will Open 2018 Scottish Festival

If you’re a fan of “The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond,” – and who isn't? – you’ll love the Roscoe-sponsored Midwest Pipe Band Association Competition which headlines Chicago’s 2018 Scottish Festival & Highland Games next month.

This family-friendly, two-day annual festival will open to a skirl of the pipes at 1 p.m., June 15 at Hamilton Lakes, 1 Pierce Place in Itasca. The festival continues from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 16 and features a wide variety of activities and attractions from whisky tasting and Celtic rock to highland dance, rugby games, and a Scottish petting zoo. Don’t miss the chance to trace your ancestry at the genealogy and clan tartan booths, or browse the festival’s Celtic market, where you can buy everything Scottish, whether it’s a kilt, shortbread, soccer jerseys or haggis.

Celebrating its 32nd year in operation this summer in “Aye-tasca,” Illinois, The Scottish Festival & Highland Games is presented by Chicago Scots, North America’s largest Scottish cultural organization.

Service, Fellowship and Scottish Culture

Chicago Scots promotes and nurtures Scottish identity through "service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture.” They are also recognized as the oldest 501c3 charity in Illinois since their inception in 1845 as the Illinois Saint Andrew Society. All proceeds from the festival support the charity’s Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care home in North Riverside.

Celebrating Our Scottish Roots

The Buik family is proud of its history with Chicago Scots, one that’s lasted almost as long as Roscoe has been in business. In 1911, company co-founder George C. Buik emigrated to the States from his hometown in Dundee, Scotland and went on to start a small, family-run business with partner John P. O’Connell on Chicago’s Roscoe Street. And in 1948, Buik served as Chicago Scots’ president.

His son Donald also served on the Board of Governors, and his grandson and current Roscoe President Jim Buik is a current member, continuing the family tradition of supporting Scottish culture in the Windy City.

It's a tradition that Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots and the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, says has included  steadfast support of the organization's cultural and charitable efforts. "Their generosity and commitment has resonated through the years," Noble said.

Set to kick off the festival with solo piper competitions, the Midwest Pipe Band Association Competition is the largest of its kind in North America. The competition pits solo and band pipers from sunny California to Newfoundland against each other for the title of Best Pipe Band in North America.

Join Roscoe and Chicago Scots this year at the Scottish Festival & Highland Games, whether you’re Scottish by blood or just love a good haggis-throwing contest, where "having fun in a kilt is not just encouraged, it's compulsory."

Tickets are on sale now at

Contact us to learn more about work uniform and floor mat rentals, image apparel and other Roscoe services

Recent Posts


logo apparel food safety modernization act (FSMA) air sanitizer wastewater treatment soaker mats governor's sustainability award keynelink food processing shortages high visibility flame resistant restroom hygiene products branded merchandise clean green certified 20-year-club National Safety Month facility tour family picnic success story leasing cleaning process microbial contamination floor mat rental g&k microfiber executive uniform garments restroom mats activewear RFID pathogen elimination wet mops feeding america linen laundry bags illinois patriot education fund (IPEF) community service 95th anniversary clean show manufacturing toilet seat sanitizer image apparel shop towels customer satisfaction survey super bristle mats ISO 9001:2015 textile rental services association (TRSA) UHF chips succession planning fleece A21 WalkForFreedom OSHA midwest textile services association (MTSA) garden city business center continuous improvement FreshSeat customer communication Sustainability local and independent blood drive ANSI toilet seat cleaners image mats laundry services unifirst dust mops cintas anti-static uniforms roll towels hygienically clean facilities management services invoicing family business nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) automatic foam soap hand sanitizer work uniforms kannegiesser custom floor mats automatic hand sanitizers coat angels hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) Independent Textile Rental Association (ITRA) sorting system teamwork work uniform rental case study wipers arrow uniform Angel Tree restroom cleaning supplies Earth Day soil scanning history ISO 9001:2008 blackhawks automatic paper towel dispensers chicago tribune lawndale business renaissance association (LBRA) SHARP certification barcode flu prevention testimonials scraper mats corporate apparel sludge filter restroom supplies net promoter score national fire protection association (NFPA) executive management institute (EMI) laundryESP Innovation award logo mats anti-fatigue mats outerwear shop towel rule