Big draws

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Special - - Maxville -

July 29 and 30, the pop­u­la­tion of Maxville will swell as thou­sands con­verge on the vil­lage for the Glen­garry High­land Games.

Since the first event was held in 1948, the peo­ple of Glen­garry have ex­tended close to a mil­lion wel­comes to vis­i­tors who come to see one of the largest High­land Games in the world. Every­one is Scot­tish, or pre­tends to be, on this week­end of mu­sic, dance, sports, fid­dling, pageantry, and tra­di­tion.

The spec­ta­cle is breath-tak­ing as massed bands lead the open­ing cer­e­monies.

More than 50 bands vie for honours in the North Amer­i­can Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships, more than 200 dancers strut their stuff in the High­land Dance com­pe­ti­tion. As the name im­plies, the heavy­weight con­tests test the brawn of men and women, pro­fes­sion­als and ama­teurs.

It all started in 1948 when a small group of lo­cal busi­ness­men wanted to en­sure that the Scot­tish tra­di­tions would not be lost by the younger gen­er­a­tions. To their sur­prise, their lit­tle event at­tracted close to 10,000 peo­ple who flooded the small farm­ing com­mu­nity of Maxville.

To­day, the gath­er­ing has put Maxville on the map; it is one of the best known fes­ti­vals in the coun­try.

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