DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: A wee bit of Scotland is returning to Uxbridge this weekend as the Highlands of Durham Games take over Elgin Park.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and running on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 28, Uxbridge will once again be home to a celebration of all things Celtic, including bagpipes, highland dancing, heavy games and much more.
One of the centrepieces to the annual Highland Games is the Highland Dance competition, which draws entrants from across the province.
The Scottish showcase begins on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and runs until 11 p.m., with a full line-up of events throughout the day including the renowned Highland Dance competition, the Bob Whitman Heavy Games and Scottish Breed Dog Show. At Noon on Saturday, the sound of bagpipes will fill the air with the official Opening Ceremonies and Massed Bands.
Saturday’s entertainment runs until 11 p.m., with the Steel City Rovers and Great Lakes Privateers performing live music at the Rotary Bandshell.
On Sunday morning, Elgin Park will be bustling with activity from 9 a.m. until the closing ceremonies for the Games at 5 p.m.
Sunday will feature more highland dance and heavy games as well as another Opening Ceremony at Noon, and a special performance by the Highland Creek Pipe Band, part of an afternoon of pipe music.
Both days feature fun for the whole family, with great Celtic family activities throughout the day.
Tickets for the Games are $15 per day for adults with free admission for children.
The event also serves as a fundraiser for many local groups. Numerous local groups have received donations from the Games including Canadian Tire Jumpstart, 1st Port Perry Scouts, the Foster Memorial, the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society and Bonner Boys.
For additional information on the 20th Annual edition of the Highlands of Durham Games, please visit www. highlandsgamesofdurham.com.
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