An in­side view of the Games

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY TAY­LOR YOUNG News Staff

(Ed­i­tor’s note: This year, The Glen­garry News asked its sum­mer stu­dent, Tay­lor Young, to write about his ex­pe­ri­ences at the Glen­garry High­land Games. He did dou­ble duty this year – work­ing as a photo/jour­nal­ist for this news­pa­per and pip­ing with the Glen­garry Pipe Band. Here is his story.)

The Glen­garry High­land Games has come and gone, and I’m left feel­ing some­what be­wil­dered, just as I am every year.

For me, the two-day event al­ways seems to be over in the blink of an eye. But as the say­ing goes, “Time flies when you’re hav­ing fun.”

Well, this year cer­tainly was fun and I am al­ready ex­cited for what next year will bring.

Among my high­lights for this year were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the very first High­land broadsword fenc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Games, be­ing up close and per­sonal at some of the heavy­weight com­pe­ti­tions, hear­ing the cheers from the crowd af­ter our band com­pe­ti­tion on Aug. 3 and, of course, hav­ing the hon­our of be­ing this year’s piper in the tower dur­ing the tat­too on Fri­day night. Since I was young and be­fore I started play­ing with the Glen­garry Pipe Band, it was my dream to some­day be the piper in the tower. I’d watch and lis­ten, imag­in­ing my­self up there.

This year it was a dream come true, and it was so much more than I imag­ined.

Look­ing down and see­ing the thou­sands of peo­ple gathered to­gether to watch the tat­too, it oc­curred to me, not for the first time, just how im­por­tant events like the Glen­garry High­land Games re­ally are.

It’s an event that brings the com­mu­nity to­gether, not just from Glen­garry but from all over the world. I met and talked to peo­ple from the across Canada, the U.S.A and even from Scot­land, Ire­land and Switzer­land. All these peo­ple gath­er­ing to­gether in a small town to cel­e­brate our cul­ture and her­itage. It truly is amaz­ing. Every­thing from, “big men throw­ing heavy things,” as Cole Jack­son from Pic­ton de­scribed it, dancers de­fy­ing grav­ity, mu­si­cians weav­ing magic through mu­sic, to the spec­ta­cle of High­land broadsword fenc­ing, the Games re­ally brings it all.

And so; de­spite the heat, pain in my feet and legs, the dust that seems to get ev­ery­where and the over­whelm­ing ex­haus­tion I feel when it’s all over, the Glen­garry High­land Games will al­ways bring me back home, no mat­ter where I might be.

I hope to see you all next year.


FROM THE TOWER: Tay­lor Young, TheGlen­gar­ryNews sum­mer stu­dent, pipes from the tower dur­ing the Fri­day night Tat­too.

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