Fiddling Hits All the Right Notes At The 70th Games

In a little more than a week, the streets of Maxville will be bumper-to-bumper as excited fans head to this year’s 70th edition of the Glengarry Highland Games. For two full days, August 4th and 5th, the sounds of pipes and audience cheers will fill the air as the annual celebration of all things Scottish takes place. One of the best-attended events at the Games is the Scottish Fiddle program which promises an exciting schedule over the two days.

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The Heavyweights Throw Their Weight Into the Games

One of the most exciting and colourful events at the Games is the Heavyweights and the Games provide a complete slate of competitions. All divisions (Master, Open Pro., Women, and Amateur) compete in heavyweight events that are judged by the same rules and regulations. However, the number of events competed in, as well as the size of some of the implements used in these various divisions will differ. 

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Whisky Tasting Update

Seats for the 2:00 pm whisky tasting are now half sold. Each of these seatings, 2:00 pm and 4:00pm, can only accommodate 40 participants. If you are considering signing up act quickly to get the seating time of your choice.

Whether you're a whisky connoisseur, or this will be your first time at an event like this, all are welcome. See our Whisky Tasting page for details on the whiskies we will compare this year.

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The Highlander Tug of War is a Great Pull at the Games

As the Glengarry Highland Games prepares to celebrate its 70th year on August 4th and 5th, the many planning committees are working to make it an outstanding show for everyone who attends. Added to the traditional Games events of piping, drumming, dancing and heavyweights are several events that have grown to be much anticipated attractions of the Games.

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A Special Lineup for a Special Friday Night at The Games

Now that Canada is officially 150 and the July 1st festivities have kicked off a summer of activities, the next major celebration for many will be the Glengarry Highland Games as it unfolds its 70th edition.

Along with a host of special events highlighting the Games history and Scots Contributions to Canada, the Games has lined up an outstanding list of celtic entertainers for this year’s Friday Night Tattoo on August 4th in Maxville.

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A couple of quick reminders…

Did you, or someone you know, attend the very first Glengarry Highland Games in 1948? If so, and you have not contacted us, please do so before July 1, 2017 at  See our earlier post for complete details.

Also, we are still looking for old photos of The Games up until the 1980s. We have had some wonderful photo memories submitted to the Glengarry Archives. We would still like more! For details please see our earlier News item.

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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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