Get your Games on this sum­mer in Glen­garry

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Special - - Discover Glengarry Year-round -

What would Dis­cov­ery Glen­garry Year-Round be with­out an en­tire page ded­i­cated to the Glen­garry High­land Games?

Ask Glen­gar­ri­ans what the big­gest event of the year is and most of them will say it’s the High­land Games. Some of them will nom­i­nate the Wil­liamstown Fair but for the most part, it’s the two-day ex­trav­a­ganza of pip­ing, toss­ing, danc­ing, and mu­sic that has come to de­fine a Glen­garry sum­mer.

Since the first Games were held in 1948, the peo­ple of Glen­garry have ex­tended close to a mil­lion wel­comes to visi­tors who come to see what is es­ti­mated to be one of the largest High­land Games in the world. Thou­sands of peo­ple find them­selves drawn each year to Maxville to wit­ness an out­stand­ing dis­play of mu­sic, dance, sports, fid­dling, pageantry, and tra­di­tion.

In the course of the week­end, more than 50 pipe bands are put through their paces to de­cide the North Amer­i­can Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships™, more than 200 dancers defy grav­ity in the High­land Dance com­pe­ti­tion and giants hurl tele­phone pole­sized cabers and 50-pound iron ham­mers around the in­field.

And if you’re look­ing for a party, you can’t go wrong with the Fri­day night Tat­too. This year, the Glen­garry High­land Games is ex­cited to an­nounce that JP Cormier, the Bri­gadoons, Change of Step and Écosse will share the Tat­too stage on the evening of July 31.

Word of warn­ing: If you go to the Tat­too, don’t stay up too late. The next will be an ex­tremely busy one – packed with pipers, High­land dancers, tug-of-war com­pe­ti­tions and all sorts of food and en­ter­tain­ment.

The games run July 31Au­gust 1.

The Games are fun for fam­i­lies, dancers and mu­si­cians.

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