By Alexandra Heck Independent Free Press…
Have you ever heard 700 pipes playing the same tune in unison?
According to Adrian Miller, president of the Georgetown Highland Games, it’s one of the most moving experiences imaginable.
“When you hear a song played by 700 people, the same song at the same time, it’s riveting,” he said. “There’s no way to describe it unless you see it.”
Over 30 different pipe bands come out for the events, including a number of individual musicians.
The Highland Games are one of Georgetown’s oldest and largest community events, drawing crowds of over 4,500 people to come and watch the Scottish inspired festivities.
From pipe music, to dancing and heavyweight challenges; the Georgetown fairgrounds have a steady stream of action throughout the day on June 9.
“It’s certainly a family tradition,” said Miller, whose parents helped start the games back in Brampton before bringing it to Georgetown in 1975. “It’s a fixture of the town.”
This year marks the return of sheepdog demonstrations, where a trainer will be showing off the traditional Scottish methods of herding sheep.
“We’re actually bringing something back that we haven’t had in over 10 years,” he said. “It’s always entertaining, especially for kids, they love it.”
The Georgetown event is one of the first of the season for Highland Games in the area, which draws competitors from all over North America.
“Regardless of where you’re from, we’re all the same, we’d like to share our heritage, our Scottish roots,” said Miller. “Come out and enjoy, be part of that family. Be a Scot for a day.”
Events & Competition Schedule Times
Highland Dancing Competition -Online Registration Form- Visit http://www.hdaontario.com/
Dancing Competition Begins at 8:30 A.M.
Massed Highland Fling after Opening Ceremonies and Opening Massed Bands
Highland Dancing Awards Presentations at 5:00 P.M.
Individual Piping and Drumming Competition
Solo Piping and Drumming Competition Begins at 8:30 A.M.
PPBSO Pipe Band Competitions- Grades 1-5 – Visit http://www.ppbso.org
Opening Massed Bands 12:45 P.M.
Pipe Band Competition Begins at 1:30 P.M.
Bass, Tenor & Drum Major Competition Begins at 4:30 P.M.
Georgetown Highland Games Final Massed Bands and Awards Presentations
Scheduled to begin at approximately 5:15 P.M.
Men’s and Ladies Scottish Heavyweights Competitions
Men’s Events (approx. times)
22 lb Scottish Hammer – 10:00 am
16 lb Scottish Hammer – 10:40 am
22 lb Stone Putt – 11:20 am
56 lb Distance – 1:40 pm
28 lb Distance – 2:20 pm
Caber Toss – 3:00 pm
56 lb Height – 3:40 pm
Farmers Walk – 4:20 pm
Ladies’ Events (approx. times)
12 lb Scottish Hammer – 8:30 am
28 lb Distance – 9:00 am
14 lb Distance – 9:30 am
Stone Putt – 10:00 am
28 lb Height – 10:30 am
Caber Toss – 11:00 am
Sheaf Toss – 1:40 pm
The Clan Parade starts at 12:00 noon followed by the Official Opening at 12:15, the Massed Bands at 1:00 P.M. and the Massed Highland Fling at 1:15 P.M.
The 78th Fraser Highlanders York Garrison – Historical Regimental Reinactment
Retail and Food Concessions
Traditional Scottish fare available along with a wide range of Celtic products for sale
Cheer Garden Open from 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. – ‘
Take a break from the events of the day to enjoy a refreshing beverage with both old and hopefully new friends
Visit the clan village to learn about the history of the Scottish Clans and perhaps learn about your own heritage as well.
An entertaining variety of children’s activities are available throughout the day.