Support the Glengarry Highland Games by becoming a Patron

For nearly 20 years the Glengarry Highland Games Patrons Program has raised funds to maintain and improve our facilities.

Thanks to our Patrons our grounds have never looked better. Our new covered Bronze-level patio has been enjoyed by many taking in the sights and sounds of The Games. The maintenance never ends though, and our desire to keep improving for you never stops.

We offer four Patron levels to accommodate those of you who wish to take part.

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Put On Your Kilt...Get Set...GO!

Registration for the 2nd Annual Up The Glens 5k Kilt Run is now open!

Once again our run will be a 5K of mainly trail route. Runners will begin and end in front of the grandstands as the crowd gathers for the closing massed bands of the 70th Glengarry Highland Games. 

Runners are expected to run in a kilt. A lighter kilt will be available to buy from an on-site vendor. Also, a limited number of kilts will be available on loan for the race. 

This is an officially timed race with prizes for the top three male and female participants. 

Register through The Running Room now through August 2nd

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We need your photographs!

There are so many photos taken at the Games each year. The Games photographers alone take a few thousand. We’re looking for photographs from the early years of the Games that will give a view into how the Games looked in the first years as well as the 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s. If you have photos that you would like to share from those years, the Games would welcome them. The photos would be used to illustrate our history at different events, for the Games 70th celebration video and on our website and social media.

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Were you part of the first Games in 1948?

Nearly 10,000 people inundated Maxville for the first Glengarry Highland Games in 1948. The organizers had hoped for a few thousand in their attempt to revitalize the Scottish traditions and sports in Glengarry. The grounds were overflowing with people, the vendors were quickly sold out, and villagers and local farmers handed out food and water. The pipers and dancers performed surrounded by swarms of people vying to get a good view. When Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King’s car entered the field it could hardly make progress through the throngs. All in all, the first Games were a resounding success.

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

The winning photo entry for March is from Jon and Suzanne Rioch...

"My wife Suzanne and I ski throughout the winter in Northern NY. We first attended the games a few years ago and now make it an annual affair that we look forward to every year. It seemed only natural to try skiing in our Farquharson Tartan and Highland Games T-Shirt. We bring a wee bit of color to the slopes!

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Piping Legend Bill Livingstone to Open The 2017 Games

The Glengarry Highland Games is excited to announce that Bill Livingstone will be the Guest of Honour at this year’s 70th Games.

"Bill Livingstone is a living legend in the pipe band world, respected and revered worldwide,” said Anne Stewart, President of the Glengarry Highland Games. "2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Mr. Livingstone's band, the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band of Toronto, becoming the first non-Scottish band to win the World Pipe Band Championships.  His victory changed the tides of the pipe band world, paving the way for Canadian, Australian, Irish and Northern Irish bands to claim World titles in the years after.”

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

The end of March is here. Get your photos submitted if you want to enter this month's round in our 'Where is Glengarry Scot?' photo contest. The winning entry for March 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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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 MunroMorris.com.

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