Go for the Markinch Highland Games

Due to the pandemic, this will be the first time the Games have been held since 2019.

The organizers have received good registrations for all events, so there promises to be something for everyone at the old event which was established in 1871.

On the day there will be a quality line up in the heavyweight events with all the best strongmen on the circuit ready to do battle throughout the afternoon in the various disciplines including shot put, hammer and the caber.

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The Markinch Highland Games last took place in 2019. (Photo: Nige Hutchison)

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The Games hold Scotland’s oldest bagpipe competition with winners’ names on the impressive 100-year-old Burgh Shield.

Continuing with the tartan theme, there will be solo bagpipe competitions for juniors and adults while outside the main arena a full program of Highland dancing will take place with ages ranging from under from 5 years old to adults.

There will be a full program of sporting events for Open and Youth competitors with the top prize of £200 for the winner of the Open 90m handicap taking place on a Chariots of Fire type ropes course, the only one of its kind remaining on the Scottish Games circuit.

The main event for the cyclists will be the Scottish 8,000m grass championship.

In the middle of the proceedings there will be fun races for children of all ages as well as their parents.

A full range of stalls, trade stands and side shows as well as a funfair will be present.

This year’s chef will be local man Gordon Michie.

Mr Michie is responsible for fundraising in Scotland for the armed forces support charity Poppyscotland.

The action begins with the bagpipe solo and highland dancing at 11am, the bagpipe contest at noon and all athletics events at 12.30pm.

Other games in Fife this summer include Ceres – Saturday June 26, Burntisland – Monday July 18, Inverkeithing – Saturday August 6, St Andrews – Sunday August 28 and Bowhill – Sunday September 11.

Unfortunately, the Cupar Games which were to take place on Sunday June 19 were canceled last week.

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Jennifer R. Strohm