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In Gaelic history, heritage, and lore, a Chief was a leader of a family group. The word clan is derived from the Gaelic word clanna which means "children." Originally, each clan was a large group of related people, theoretically an extended family, all of whom looked to the clan Chief as their head and their protector. As time went on, clans represented geographical areas and family membership was not strictly necessary for inclusion. People who lived on the chief’s territory or who pledged allegiance to him for protection could take the clan surname.

Clan Chieftains were the representatives of large branches of a Scottish clan. Originally a Chieftain was elected by the family assembly. In this tradition, the Prosser Scottish Fest honors those that contribute to Prosser's agriculture, community, youth, our fest, and the Pacific Northwest Scottish Heritage community with the title "Chieftain of the Day."

Our 2022 Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games Chieftain of the Day is Scott Keller.

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To celebrate our Twentieth Annual Prosser Scottish Fest, we go back to our beginnings in 2001, when we held our first Fest. The Port of Benton has been and continues to be a great partner to the Scottish Fest Committee and the Prosser Chamber of Commerce, we literally could not do this without them. 21 years ago Scott Keller, then Deputy Director of the Port of Benton, was instrumental in getting the first ever Scottish Fest and Highland Games to be a reality. While those first years we competed on dirt and had limited facilities, it was a beginning, and the vision was there for what the Fest and the venue have become.

Past Chieftains of the Day are listed below.

2021
No fest due to Covid-19 precautions.

2020
No fest due to Covid-19 precautions.

2019
Marie and Sean Glasser

2018
Tracy and Steve Boyle

2017
The Leist Family

2016
David Lanigan

2015
David Pearson

2014
The Wiley Family

2013
Julie Petersen

2012
Kenneth Beck

2011
Charles "Chuck" Cook

2010
Past and Present Youth Volunteers

2009
Jim and Dianna Chesley Family

2008
Robert "Bobby" Dodd

2007
Port of Benton

2006
Wayne Pearson

2005
John-Paul Estey

2004
Ellen M Bentley

2003
Dan Donaldson

2002
Ken Lewis

2001
First year of fest - No Chieftain

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