Or­ga­niz­ers look­ing ahead to fu­ture Games

Truro Daily News - - Highland Games - BY LYNN CURWIN

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Colch­ester High­land Games & Gath­er­ing are look­ing back at this year’s event while mak­ing plans for 2019.

The gath­er­ing, in its sec­ond year, was held Septem­ber 8-9 on the Nova Sco­tia Pro­vin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds, in Bi­ble Hill. It in­cluded Scot­tish heavy events, high­land danc­ing, Ir­ish danc­ing, food, mu­sic (in­clud­ing Scot­tish tribal band Clann an Drumma), work­shops, ven­dors, re- en­act­ments, mil­i­tary dis­plays, chil­dren’s games, and the Tata­m­agouche road train.

“The event went very well,” said Linda Fin­nie, pres­i­dent of the Colch­ester High­land Games & Gath­er­ing So­ci­ety. “Satur­day was ex­tremely busy. Dur­ing the evening, there was a ceilidh dance, and al­most ev­ery­one was on the floor danc­ing.

For the first time, many peo­ple had the op­por­tu­nity to watch Scot­tish back­hold wrestling, and this ac­tiv­ity is now an of­fi­cial sport in Nova Sco­tia.

“We’ve learned a lot in the two years we’ve held this now, and there will be a few changes next year,” said Fin­nie. “We have some new ideas we think will work re­ally well.

“Our vol­un­teers were amaz­ing and we had great spon­sors.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of high­land games across the Mar­itimes could soon be meet­ing to share ideas and in­for­ma­tion, in an effort to help all events grow.

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