Not a chimera: the 73rd Glengarry Highland Games take place on July 29 and 30

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MAXVILLE — Let the game planning begin.

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First canceled in 2020 and shelved again last summer, it looks like third time around will be the charm of 73 rd Glengarry Highland Games, which will finally be held in 2022, the organizing committee has announced.

Dona Cruickshank, the games publicity director and former president, said planning for the event is underway, with a preview for July 29-30, 2022.

“We are beginning our journey to stage a fantastic celebration of our Scottish heritage and all things Celtic at the 2022 games,” Cruickshank said. “It’s certainly nice to plan rather than cancel.”

It was in mid-April 2020 that it became clear the pandemic would have lasting ramifications, and the games were canceled for the first time.

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  3. A lone bagpiper, near an entrance to the Kenyon Agricultural Society fairground infield.  Photo taken Saturday August 1, 2020 in Maxville, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network

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While it may sometimes seem like little has changed in the past 20 months, the announcement is, at least locally, a big sign that progress has been made and that times have indeed changed.

“I look forward to welcoming everyone to the 73rd Glengarry Highland Games,” Games Chairman Eric Metcalfe said in a press release. “We have all missed this incredible celebration of our Scottish heritage and it is time to come together, and Glengarry is ready to celebrate! Our committees will be hard at work over the next few months and we will be ready to welcome all competitors, participants and visitors.

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The committee said all planning will be done in accordance with guidelines set out by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

“With that in mind, plans may change, but the games are hoping that the doors to the Kenyon Agricultural Showgrounds in Maxville will be open and a full slate of events, competitors and performers will be there to welcome everyone. world to a reunion and celebration that we all yearn for,” Cruickshank said.

As planning continues, updates and event information will be posted on the website. , and social media channels.

For the second year in a row at the beginning of August last year, the games were virtually entirely virtual, although members of the Glengarry Pipe Band had numerous “Pipergram” performances across the region, fundraisers for the band which celebrated a 60th anniversary in 2021.

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Jennifer R. Strohm