DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A wee bit of Scotland is returning to Uxbridge this weekend as the Highlands of Durham Games take over Elgin Park.
Starting on Friday, July 26, and running until 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.
For organizer Steve Harrison, the Games are a labour of love, and he is once again looking forward to the Celtic celebration, albeit with a hint of reservation.
"This is going to be my last year with the Games," Mr. Harrison told The Standard. "It's been a fantastic experience over the past five years, but I think it's time to walk away. We had some challenges early on, but we were able to save it, and are in a position to have the Games continue well into the future. I have loved doing it for all of the people who have come out to the park over the past 18 years and enjoy all of the laughter and fun that comes with the Highland Games."
One of the centrepieces to the annual Highland Games is the Highland Dance competition, which draws entrants from across the province.
"Our dance competition is the second largest in Ontario, and it's so great to see all of the dancers come to Uxbridge and showcase their talents," said Mr. Harrison.
The Scottish showcase begins on Friday night at 5 p.m., and runs until 11 p.m. On Saturday morning, the Games resume at 9 a.m., running until 11 p.m. and on Sunday, Elgin Park will be bustling with activity from 9 a.m. until the close of the Games at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Games are $15 per day for adults with free admission for children under 16. Weekend passes are also available for $25.
Your ticket does more than just get you into the games. It could also net attendees one of several valuable prizes including a trip for two to Scotland, an iPad, a gas barbecue courtesy of Canadian Tire Uxbridge and other great prizes.
The Standard will also be on hand with a booth on Saturday - come over and say hello!
The event also serves as a fundraiser for many local groups including Canadian Tire Jumpstart, 1st Port Perry Scouts, Teen Start, the Foster Memorial, the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society and the Bonner Boys.
"Giving back to the community is truly what it's all about for me and being able to share the wealth with organizations that do so much good in the community," added Mr. Harrison.
For additional information on the Highland Games, please visit www.highlandsgamesofdurham.com.
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