Despite the Mayor and the organizers trying to organize a sunny day, there was only brief sunshine and it was a cool day. However, despite everything, the rain held off. That probably explained the somewhat smaller crowd but it didn’t stop the Scots from coming out to Cobourg’s 56th Highland Games – now called a Scottish Festival. The massed bagpipe and drums bands thrilled anyone with any Scottish blood (see video below). And there were lots of Scottish dancers competing. Admission was $20 – the same as last year – organizers have given up on “free” or donations. According to the program, there were 19 market vendors and 7 food vendors. The program listed 19 competing bands as of May 8 – and although Cobourg’s Legion Pipes and Drums Band was not competing, they did participate.
The day started with highland dancing competitions and heavy events although these were interrupted around noon by opening ceremonies.
Town Crier Mandy Robinson did her thing and opened the games – she also thanked the organizers for making her an honorary chieftain. MP Kim Rudd was the first speaker and was followed by a representative from MPP David Piccini. All Councillors were there except Adam Bureau – Mayor John Henderson said that Adam was at another community event. John is getting good at speeches – covers the ground but keeps it short! Included in the opening ceremonies was a parade of all the clans represented complete with their banners.
When it came time for the massed bands, it looked like it was about to rain so many participants put on rain gear but it was not really needed. They came into the arena in three groups – quite impressive.
The closing ceremony also had massed bands but I only stayed just past the opening.
Below is a video of the event as I saw it.