Grande Prairie Highland Games back after year away
A competitor takes part in the caber toss. Photo courtesy of Grande Prairie Highland Games Association
It’s time to pull that kilt out of your closet, the Grande Prairie Highland games are back. After missing last year to change venues, Grande Prairie Highland Games Spokesperson Margaret Watchorn says they have a full schedule of events planned including Scottish dancing competitions and heavy events.
“[There’s] throwing hammers and weights, putting the stone, which is kind of like a shot put but it’s a 26 pound stone that they’re throwing; tossing the caber, which is like a telephone pole; lots of big strong events.”
This year’s event will be held at Montrose Field outside of the Montrose Cultural Centre instead of at Macklin field where it’s been held in the past. The move was made so that the event could be located downtown.
Also new for this year will be the addition of a medieval fair and the inaugural Canada vs. The United States men’s pro-competition which will feature three top throwers from each nation competing in nine events. Watchorn says she’s hoping for good weather on the day of the event.
“I’m hoping that it’s going to be lovely weather because lovely weather brings people out and if they’re looking for something to do it’s a great family event.”
The Highland Games will be held on June 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission for seniors and children ages five to 12 is $5, adults 13 and up are $10, and a family pass for two adults and two children is $20.