Thank you for your comments on Facebook, regarding our Games/Festival. We appreciate the comments indicating that you enjoyed our event. It was presented by a terrific committee and volunteers that loved being involved. (Actually we were all volunteers). It’s been a joy.
Our event is the Woodland Celtic Games & Festival; a non-profit operated by a 5 member executive board with a 36 member committee. The former event, The Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival was a committee within the Caledonian Club of Sacramento organization. The WCG&F was created because all but 5 committee members were not connected to the Caledonian Club and were interested in a new mission. The Caledonian Club still owns the SVG&F name and property and has always been able to create another event.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW …
As everyone remembers, in February 2020, we were only weeks away from our event when the Governor canceled large events throughout the state because of Covid. In the fall of 2020, we met to start work on the 2021 Games. The Governor’s mandate stayed in place; so “no events.” In 2022 State mandates allowed some large events to operate however with very heavy restrictions which included the limited number of attendees. The decision for the 2022 Games penciled out that we would not be able to operate by cutting our event and limiting our operations and attendee numbers. It was not financially possible. The Covid break impacted many large events including ours.
Our 5 Board members also have had changes during the Covid time period. Four of us have retired, but still busy with family responsibilities. The 5th member has 2 jobs. All of us are still involved in other organizations in leadership roles. One of us has moved out of state and I have moved out of the area. I’ve served this event for 35 years and together the 5 of us have served for 107 years. We did not have an easy time with this decision. We were also aware of a few committee chairs retiring from the event after years of involvement. The committee was notified and an invitation was extended to anyone interested in being a part of the leadership group were welcome. All Board members agreed to mentor/train others in moving forward and still do.
Our event was very happy being in Woodland and very proud of our reputation and good feeling within the community, committee, participates, and our guests. We had fun and worked hard. We’re thankful that we had been successful and well received. The Woodland Celtic Games & Festival ( and SVSG&F) together has a terrific legacy and hopefully to continue on. I miss every part of the Games; the fun, the great people, and Celtic stuff. We all feel sad that we’ll not be involved in the future, however we’re thrilled of all the events we did. What a blast!
If you have a specific question you can email me: Lindsaylass7@gmail.com
Again, thank you for being a part of our events as either a volunteer, participate, or guest. We loved having you with us.