In the last five years, the Margaree Highland Games have seen themselves welcomed into Heavy Events circles with open arms, and have quickly become a staple of the summer tourism season in Nova Scotia.
In that time, two Canadian records have been broken on the grounds and the event has seen continued growth with each passing year. What started out as a “fun day” fundraiser, featuring several heavy event athletes, has grown into a three-day festival celebrating the area by means of both athletic and cultural events. The event now showcases male, female and junior division athletes as well as pipers, drummers, dancers and more.
Although the Games have grown, they have always stayed true to themselves and celebrated the place it calls home – a reality that is made possible by a volunteer board of directors, a summer student employee and countless volunteers from the Margaree area and beyond.
This year’s event will mark the Games’ fifth anniversary and will see Margaree welcome its first international athletes: Robert Meulenberg (USA), Jeffrey Milliron (USA) and Maxime Billaud (France). The latter has been made possible as a result of the Margaree Highland Games having partnered with a Highland games event in Bressuire, France, in 2015. This partnership will continue to see the two events work together towards continued growth and interest in traditional highland games events.
The 2016 edition of the Margaree Highland Games will take place August 12-14. On August 12th, the Games will host a variety concert celebrating local talent at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. On August 13th, female and junior division athletes will take to the field at 10 a.m. Spectators are welcome to come and offer a donation to enter the Grounds. Later in the day, the festival will continue with a $500 jackpot bingo (1 p.m.), a mass at St. Michael’s Church (4 p.m.), and an Acadian fricot supper (5 p.m). The day will close out with a traditional Cape Breton square dance featuring fiddler Rodney MacDonald in the hall at 9 p.m. (19+).
Per usual, the main event will take place on Sunday of the festival weekend. Gates will open at 10 a.m., with an athlete parade taking place at 1 p.m. It will feature further heavy events, piping and drumming, and Highland dancing. It will also allow attendees to take part in two different running races and the fan-favourite tug-of-war. Horse rides, children’s games, a barbecue, a bake sale, a silent auction and a beer garden will also be available on site. The event will take place at 1181 East Margaree Road, Margaree, NS.
For more information visit www.margareehighlandgames.com, check out the Games on Facebook or Twitter, or call Audrey at 902-224-7547.