Reaching Seventy Means A Great Celebration at the Games

It seems like every committee at this year’s 70th Glengarry Highland Games is adding a special touch to celebrate this historic milestone. The grounds will be abuzz with people coming back to savour the years they have spent at the Games while new visitors are coming to find out what it’s all about and become more of those annual fans. One special group attending will be those who attended the first Games in 1948 and will return this year to enjoy the accomplishment of being there at the beginning and then again 70 years later. Many of these people report that they have been at the Games almost every year. For them it will be a visit to see how much things have changed, but how much they have stayed the same.

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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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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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