New organization keeps fun flag flying as successful events in 2017 to be surpassed
Canmore AB – The Canmore Highland Games announced today tickets to its Labour Day weekend events (Sept. 1-2) are on sale now. Drawing in more than 5000 visitors to Canmore each year, the popular Celtic festival was almost cancelled in 2017 due to volunteer fatigue until local businesses like Spring Creek stepped in.
“This year, we will build on the momentum of 2017 by recruiting more pipe bands and adding more team events,” says Sandy Bunch, organizer for the Canmore Highland Games. “In addition, new event packages reduce prices on tickets which should increase demand.”
The Highland Games are a unique mix of sports, culture and community. The games often comprise of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and ‘heavy events’ like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw and tossing the caber. First introduced in Scotland in 1040 by King Malcolm III, who was nicknamed “Canmore”, which translates literally into “big head” (ceann mo’r) in Scottish Gaelic, the Highland Games contests of strength were introduced as a way of choosing the most-able men for soldiers.
Tickets are now available online for purchase at: https://canmorehighlandgames.ca/tickets/
The Canmore Highland Games kicks off with Taste of the Highlands (Sept. 1,2018), an evening of wine, scotch, beer and food tasting at the Big Rock festival tent where guest can sample more than 90 local and international wines, scotches and craft beer. Food is provided by some of Canmore’s finest restaurants.
The Games start on September 2, 2018 with a pancake breakfast followed by highland dancing, piping and drumming competition, heavy sports, and tug of war while clan tents, Celtic vendor, food trucks, beer gardens provide hospitality and entertainment.
This year, The Ceilidh (6 pm, Sept 2, 2018), a spirited celebration of music and dance in kitchen-party fashion that features a full night of Celtic entertainment with Scottish country dancing, Irish dancers, Highland dancers, and a guest pipe band. Headlining The Ceilidh this year is the Mudmen, a blast of Celtic energy, who’ve opened for ZZ Top, the Guess Who and whose music has been featured on TV shows including NBC’s Black Donnellys, HBO’s Shameless, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em hockey videos.
The very first event is a Tartan Day celebration Ceilidh on April 7th in the Spring Creek Opera House with entertainment form Cabot’s Crossing, pipers and Highland dancers. This event serves as a volunteer recruitment event as the Canmore’s Highland Games is run by volunteers. More information on volunteering is here: https://canmorehighlandgames.ca/events/home/volunteering/