Lyon College will kick off the celebration of its 150th anniversary with ScotsFest, the 42nd Arkansas Scottish Festival and Lyon College Homecoming, from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16 on the Batesville campus.\n \nGeneral admission to the festival is free, though some individual and alumni events require a registration fee.\n \nThe Arkansas Scottish Festival began in 1979 as a small fair on the campus’ intramural field as a way to pay homage to the Scottish heritage of the College’s Presbyterian founders. It has grown into one of the premier festivals in Arkansas and one of the most prominent festivals in the United States for honoring Scottish heritage and traditions. This is the second year the festival will be combined with the Lyon College Homecoming. \n \nPresented by Lyon College and lead partners White River Health and Experience Independence, ScotsFest will feature a variety of activities in celebration of Lyon College’s sesquicentennial, including special musical performances, alumni and friends gatherings, Highland dancing, sheepdog demonstrations, a dog show, children’s activities, a bonniest knees contest, and a feast and ceilidh. \n \nFollowing is a list of the ScotsFest events planned for this year. The full schedule can be seen at arscottishfest.com. \n \n \nLyon College Scots football gameday ticket information available here: https://lyonscots.com/sports/2019/8/30/tickets.aspx. \n\n\nFriday, Oct. 14\n8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Open Classes*\n5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - President’s Reception* (Highland House)\n6 p.m. - The Kilted Mile* (downtown Batesville)\n6:30 p.m. - Annual Lyon College Alumni Awards Celebration* (Edwards Commons)\n9 p.m. - Alumni & Friends Social* (The River Steakhouse & Waterfront Grill— formerly Josie's)\nSaturday, Oct. 15\n8 a.m. - VIP Breakfast* (VIP Tent, Couch Garden)\n8 a.m. - 42nd Arkansas Scottish Festival Opens to the Public\n8 a.m. - Reenactments by MacLachlan's Jacobite Highlanders and Colonel Munro's 37th Regiment of Foot\n9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Lyon College Scot Shop open (Edwards Commons)\n9 a.m. - Highland Athletics Competition* begins (Couch Garden)\n9 a.m. - 11. a.m. - Rocket Demonstrations (Practice Soccer Field)\n10 a.m. - Pipe Band Exhibitions begin (Couch Garden)\n10 a.m. - Highland Dancing begins (South Lawn of Brown Chapel)\n10 a.m. - Softball Alumni Game (House Field)\n10 a.m. - Baseball Alumni Game (Fred Wann Field)\n10 a.m. - Black Student Association Reunion (Outdoor Classroom)\n10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Faculty/Families Meet & Greet\n11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Ozark Beer Co. Entertainment Tent Open* (Couch Garden)\n11 a.m. - Homecoming Tailgate (Brown Chapel South Lawn)\n11 a.m. - Alumni Hospitality Tent\n11 a.m. - British Car Show (Brown Chapel Crescent)\n11 a.m. - Li’l Highlanders Fun Zone opens (South Lawn of Lyon Building)\n12 p.m. - Clans and Bands March-Past, Opening Ceremonies, Mass Pipe Band (Couch Garden)\n12 p.m. - Highland Dancing (South Lawn of Brown Chapel)\n1 p.m. - Dog Show (Couch Garden)\n1:30 p.m. - Homecoming Pep Rally (Tailgate Alley)\n2 p.m. - Lyon College vs. Texas College Homecoming Football Game (Pioneer Stadium)\n2 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Alumni & Friends Pavilion (Pioneer Stadium)\n6 p.m. - Cocktail Hour, Feast, Ceilidh and Dancing* (Entertainment Tent)\n9 p.m. - Young Alumni Social* (Flanders Terrace, Lyon Building)\nSunday, Oct. 16\n8 a.m. - Festival Opens\n8 a.m. - Vendors and Clans\n8 a.m. - Reenactments by MacLachlan's Jacobite Highlanders and Colonel Munro's 37th Regiment of Foot\n10 a.m. - Highland Dancing (South Lawn of Brown Chapel, Lyon College)\n10 a.m. - Tea and Scones (Entertainment Tent)\n10 a.m. - Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Worship Service (Entertainment Tent)\n12 p.m. - Club 50 Celebration* (Bevens Music Room, Brown Chapel)\n12 p.m. - Bonniest Knees Contest (Begley Fountain)\n2 p.m. - Festival Closes\n*Additional Registration Required \nRegistration for ticketed events can be found at arscottishfest.com.