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3rd Annual Kinmount Highland Games a success

KAWARTHA LAKES- Kinmount went back to it’s Scottish roots on Saturday hosting the 3rd annual Kinmount Highland Games. “I think it’s a really wonderful way for us to celebrate our Scottish heritage, says Jane Austin, one of the organizers of the games. “We were a community founded by Scottish settlers that had emigrated to Canada to find a new life and a new way of being and have done a fantastic job of creating a community that really takes care of one another.”

It was the Fraser Family’s first year attending the Highland Games. “The girls were dancing in the Highland Dance competition this morning, they both won some medals.”dad says.


The Fraser Girls

The Highland Dance Competition is just one of the many events taking place throughout the day. “We have a heavy events competition which involves things like sheath toss and stone throwing, we have pipes and drums, we have six different bands represented from all over the province and thats always a fun time when they get together and play en masse. We have the highland dance competition, we have loggers sports, we have children activities and artisans.” Austin told Kawartha 411. There’s something for everyone.

The event is organized by a group of 6 volunteers and a lot of help from the community. “We are very committed in Kinmount to our different volunteer organizations so on the committee itself there are six of us but we draw upon lots of different people so we couldn’t do it without the Agricultural Society, we have the Kinmount and District Lions Club, the local churches, the Kinmount Committee for Planning, so theres lots of us that work together.” Austin says.

Ruby Fagan won Overall Most Promising and Jessica Willette won Overall Intermediate

With the games being relatively new Austin says they still have work to do to get people out to the event. “Its something that we know we will need to work hard to grow and to get the word out there that we are the best games around, the best games in town but we are committed to doing that because we think its important.”

The next Highland Games will be held on the second Saturday in July in 2018 in Kinmount. For more information go to https://www.kinmounthighlandgames.com/

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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