Everything is clear? Sunshine and warm temperatures predicted for the return of the Highland Games

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MAXVILLE – For the second weekend in a row, it looks like Mother Nature will be fully supporting a major festival in the SDG area.

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Cornwall Ribfest had mostly good weather for its just-completed four-day run, and now it looks like the next 73rd edition of the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville will take place under generally clear skies and ideal mid-summer temperatures.

Games start on Friday and although the extended outlook indicates the possibility of a shower or thunderstorm on opening day, Saturday’s huge celebration will likely have a mix of sun/clouds and a comfortable high temperature at the mid 20s Celsius.

And it will be a very welcome backdrop to an event at the Kenyon Agricultural Showground which has sadly been missed by so many over the past two summers.

“After three long years, the Glengarry Highland Games are ready to welcome everyone back this Friday and Saturday,” said Publicity Manager and former Games President Dona Cruickshank. “(The event) offers an exciting range of fun events for all ages and interests.”

The traditional events are, of course, Piping, Highland Dancing and Heavyweight, but there’s so much more, and it all starts with the Friday Tattoo, headlined by Cape Breton’s Beolach, and featuring Hadrian’s Wall, the MacCulloch Dancers, massed bands, a mass Highland Fling and fireworks.

Saturday’s events and competitions will include the Kilt Run, a harp workshop, the North American Bagpipe Championships, a UK car show, athletics events, rugby and a tug of war challenge, among others.

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The entertainment lineup at various venues and stages on the grounds will include the Glengarry Girls Choir, Brandy N’ Port, Fridge Full of Empties, the Brigadoons, Ceilidh Drovers, Bang on the Ear and Stewart’s Glen, to name a few- one.

Saturday noon, guests of honor Jim and Jean Campbell — former presidents of the games and both participants in the first edition in 1948 — will have the pleasure of welcoming everyone back.

“The games have the welcome mat for you and we want everyone to have a fantastic time celebrating our Scottish heritage and being back together, but we want everyone to stay safe as well,” Cruickshank said.

Organizers say with COVID-19 still very much a part of everyday life, visitors are reminded to wear a mask where there are large crowds and/or congested areas indoors and outdoors. For added convenience, there will be sanitizing stations on the grounds in several locations.

For those who can’t make it to Maxville but would like to stay up to date with what’s going on, Ottawa’s CFRA radio will be broadcasting games live on Friday. On Friday and Saturday, Corus Cornwall will bring updates to listeners on Boom 101.9 and Variety 104.5.

Plus, check out the games Facebook and Instagram page for photos and stories of all the events of what is a gathering of thousands, celebrating a major Glengarry reunion and one of the biggest Celtic events on the continent.

Daily admission including HST and fees is $30. Check out the games website and Facebook page for all the details on this year’s games. Ticket sales and registration for the many events are also online, at www.Glengarryhighlandgames.com.

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Jennifer R. Strohm