Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kamloops Highland Games ~ Kamloops, B.C., Canada

The Kamloops Highland Games celebrate Celtic traditions in the Albert McGowan Park: becoming a new Kamloops tradition.

The Kamloops Highland Games are still in infancy but with the attendance of the locals and the participation of the entrants from all over, it looks like it will be able to carry on for many years to come. The Games include piping, drumming, dancing and heavy events, for details, click here.

Vendor's Market ~ Kamloops Highland Games

There were several tents set up for vendors to display and sell their Scottish wares including clan accessories and highland supplies. The Kamloops St. Andrew’s and Caledonian Society were set up to help trace family roots if you’re interested in your geneology.

Highland competition

Highland dancing is quite beautiful to watch. The dancers put a lot of time and effort into their competitions, which requires a lot of travelling to the different shows and Games. This years Games included a show by the World Champion Highland dancer, David Wilton, which would be a great thrill for the young competitors as well as a great show for us all.

Bagpipe competion

I love to listen to the bagpipes but I will admit that the warm-up isn’t quite as enjoyable. There were individuals competing as well as the Pipe Bands, one of which was the SFU Pipe Band, who is a six-time world champion.

Waterpark at Albert McGowan Park

The day started out with overcast skies but that didn’t stop the fun in the waterpark as a great break from the heat of the day. The waterpark is a summer spot for many of the local kids to enjoy during the summer months.
This event is something for everyone to enjoy, not just those with Scottish history.
It makes for another great experience in Kamloops, and reminds us why “there is no place like home”.