MAXVILLE, Ont. - The 67th annual Glengarry Highland Games take place this weekend in Maxville, Ont., and those in attendance can expect an exciting array of activities and performances.
The Games are held Friday and Saturday at the Kenyon Agricultural Fairgrounds and this year celebrate the Year of the Heavyweight Athletes.
World class competitors from across Canada and the USA will be participating this year.
Senator Larry Smith visits the Games as this year’s Guest of Honor and will officially declares the Games open at noon on Saturday.
Music will again be a common theme during this edition of the Games, as 48 pipe bands from across the two countries will be competing in the North American Pipe Band Championships.
Canada’s dynamic fiddling duo, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, headline Friday night’s Tattoo and Concert. Also performing that evening will be Salty Dog, The Brigadoons and the MacCulloch Dancers.
There will be 1,400 pipers and drummers appearing in the massed bands closing on Saturday evening, while over 100 Highland dancers will perform as well.
There will also be two full days of Scottish fiddle events, including the Youth Fiddle showcase on Friday, fiddle workshops with Shelley Campbell, and a fiddle ceilidh Saturday afternoon.
For those with some extra money in their wallet, there will be over 100 vendors offering haggis and other Scottish delicacies, woolens, and celtic jewelry.
One of the first events of the weekend will be a workshop conducted by internationally renowned harpist Sharlene Wallace from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Over 50 clans are scheduled to participate in the Clan Parade Saturday beginning at noon.
Another highlight of the Games will be the tug of war competitions. One will take place Friday before the concert and they will also occur throughout the day Saturday.
The Games will be held rain or shine and admission cost is $20. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Online tickets are available at Ticketbreak.com and for full details, visit glengarryhighlandgames.com