Tartan festival returns to Minden in 2024

By Paige Nash

It is official. The Scottish Society of the Louisiana Highlands will be returning to Minden to host their 22nd Annual Scottish Tartan Festival in 2024.  

Originally, the festival was held at the Scotland Farms owned by Dr. Alan Cameron. Last year was the first year the festival was held downtown at the newly-renovated Miller Quarters Park. The venue brought in approximately 2,000 visitors to celebrate Scottish and Irish heritage.  

The decision to continue hosting this long-time festival in Minden can be largely attributed to the dedication of Administrative Assistant of Webster Parish Tourism Johnnye Kennon. 

She said, “The event this year was a huge success with over 2,000 people in attendance, many of the attendees were from Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.” 

This year vendors, booths and tents lined the streets in the vicinity of Miller Quarters Park. Multiple stages were set up at the event space and in the parking lot of the Civic Center that hosted numerous types of entertainment for festival goers.  

“This event had a huge economic impact on our local economy,” said Kennon. “It has been my pleasure to work with the organization on their inaugural event at Miller Quarters Park and I look forward to working closely with them on their upcoming event to see how we can make it bigger and better.”