Seventy Great Reasons to Celebrate

Seventy years ago, piper Peter MacInnes after returning to Maxville from a Highland Games in Embro, Ontario, wondered to his friend and local vet, Doc Gamble, “Why could we not have a Highland Games like this in old Glengarry?” The two friends set the plan in motion with local politicians and businessmen and in August 1948, Maxville hosted its first Highland Games.

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February Round of 'Where is Glengarry Scot?' Photo Contest Ending Soon!

We're coming up to the end of February! Here's a reminder to submit your photos if you want to enter this month's round in our 'Where is Glengarry Scot?' photo contest. The winning entry for February will get a pair of admission tickets to the 2017 Glengarry Highland Games. 

At the end of the contest we will select a winning entry from all submitted photos. That person will win two Bronze Patron Passes for the 2017 Glengarry Highland Games held August 4-5, 2017.

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'Where is Glengarry Scot?' January 2017 Photo Contest Results

The winning photo entry for January is...

Alyssa McCormick and family at Watson’s Mill in Manotick over the Holidays.Both Alyssa and her husband, Craig, compete at the Games each year – dancing and tug of war. Can’t wait for their sons, Lachlan and Cael, to be wearing their wee kilts at this year’s Games. Alyssa will receive a pair of Games passes to the 2017 Games.

Thanks to all of the great entries who made the decision really difficult.

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The Passing of a Grand Games Lady, Connie Blaney

All of us at the Glengarry Highland Games mourn the passing, and extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends, of a very grand Games lady, Connie Kippen Blaney.

The first Glengarry Highland Games were held in 1948. That year, Connie, at age fifteen, took first prize in the under-eighteen piping competition. As well as being successful at Maxville, she was also a very successful competitor at games in Montreal, Fergus, Embro, Syracuse and Schenectady, winning many trophies.

It was during this period of her career that she was acknowledged and recognized as being one of the best lady pipers in North America. It was also about this same time that Connie affectionately became known as “Glengarry’s Sweetheart”. Following her years in competition, Connie played primarily for dancing competitions.

After graduating from Ottawa Teachers College Connie taught school for thirty five years in the area. The last twenty of these years were spent at the Maxville Public School.

In 1981 Connie became the Secretary for the Games Committee and she remained in that position for fifteen years. In 1988-89 she served as a Vice-President and in 1991 she became the President. As a member of the Tartan Committee she was instrumental in the creation of the Glengarry Highland Games tartan. Connie continued to sit as a director and past-president until she passed away this week.

For service details, please see

(Thank you to the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame for the biographical information)

'Where is Glengarry Scot?' Photo Contest 2017

It's time to start up our 'Where is Glengarry Scot?' photo contest again. For the first month of this year's contest ending January 31st, send us your best holiday photos.

The contest rules are simple - you send in a photo of an individual or group with at least one person wearing the iconic Glengarry Games t-shirt.

The winning entry will receive two admission passes to the 2017 Glengarry Highland Games. The best will be posted on our website and shared on social media. (By submitting an entry you grant us permission to share that photo online).

From now until the end of April, send in your photos and we will award the best received each month with two admission passes to the 2017 Glengarry Highland Games. At the end of the contest we will select a winning entry from all submitted photos and award that person with two Bronze Patron Passes for the 2017 Games held August 4-5, 2017. See for details on the Patrons Program.

We look forward to another great selection of photos as we celebrate 70 years of the greatest highland games in North America! 

Submit your photos by email to If you win you will be contacted through the email address used to submit your entry.

Last Year's Winning Photo from Leslie MacPherson

Last Year's Winning Photo from Leslie MacPherson

Grade 4 Band Requirements

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the PPBSO’s Board of Directors met to discuss the grade 4 band musical requirements. On the recommendation of the Music Committee, the Board has approved a change to these requirements. Starting with the 2017 competitive season, the grade 4 mini-MSR will be replaced with a March Medley.

As in previous years, the contest requirements in grade 4 will alternate from contest to contest in a given year. At any given contest, grade 4 bands will be required to play either one of medley of 3 to 5 minutes duration or one march medley of tunes, played in quick time, of 2 minutes 45 seconds to 4 minutes 30 seconds duration.

NOTE: In 2017, the grade 4 contest requirement for Maxville will be a medley, 3 - 5 minutes in duration, and a minimum of 4 different tune types.