Organizers looking ahead to future Games
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.