Highland Games and Festival to be held this weekend
The 2015 committee has finalized plans for the 151st Highland Games and Festival, which will take place Aug. 1-2 at Lord Selkirk Park in Eldon with fun for the whole family.
On Saturday gates open at 8 a.m., and the golfing tournament gets underway at Belfast Highland Greens. Highland dancing registration also begins at 8 a.m., with junior athletics (track and field, ages 16 and under) beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Following the opening ceremonies at noon, the Belfast Pipe and Drum Band will start off the afternoon with piping in the park and will be joined by the NaGaisgich Pipes and Drums. The day will conclude with a performance of the massed bands at 4-5 p.m.
The lassies competitions and presentation of the trophy will get underway at 1 p.m. The lad’s senior sport competitions includes the shot put, sheaf toss, bale toss, cabre toss, braemar stone and farmers walk, 2-5 p.m., with the winner receiving the Jim MacNeill Memorial Trophy and Plaque.
The Beaconsfield Assembly — Scottish country dancers — will demonstrate round dances and quadrilles beginning at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, the step-dancing competitions begin at 9 a.m., and the Kilted Pace will be held at Pinette raceway starting at 2 p.m.
The entertainers of the day will be the Ross Family. This concert will be held 1:30-4 p.m. in the tent at Lord Selkirk Park. The concert will also feature a performance by the step dancer of the day
Food vendors and artisans will be on site to sell their wares. Also, on site will be local historical groups who will share their information with visitors and guests.
In the event of inclement weather, some competitions will be held at the Belfast Recreation Centre, located on Garfield Road across from Cooper’s Red & White Store.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for under 12. A two-day pass is $15. Transportation to the tent will be available upon request.
For information and a complete schedule of events, check out www.caledonianclubofpei.