The 2017 Highland Games & Gathering


Colchester NS Tartan Unveiled Sept 8th 2017

At the brand new Civic Square in Truro,  the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering society unveiled

Colchester County's first official tartan. 

This was the last registered tartan in Canada on this day, designed to commemorate the Nova Scotia tartan which was designed in Bible Hill in 1953 and became Canada's first official tartan in 1956.

If you are interested in purchasing a little piece of history please visit our Tartan Page


We were honoured to have the Colchester Legion & the Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipe Bands to bring in the parade.

The opening ceremony of the games took place on centre stage at 11am.  All three mayors in our county were present. 

The Honourary Chieftan of the Games was Chief Bob Gloade.

The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering is a multicultural event uniting the peoples of our county in one celebration.


The Heavies - Main Arena (2) 9am - 4.50pm

 Part Sponsored by

Truro Nissan &

Luss Highland Games in Loch Lomond Scotland


Old Scotia Heavyweights Association Tossed the Caber, Threw the Hammer and amazed you with their feats of strength.  They also hosted a Mini Highland Games for the youngsters too .


Highland Dance

8.30am ~ 4.50pm

Our very own

Colchester Highland Dancers

hosted the Dance Competitions. 

More information Available HERE  Sponsored in part by Colchester Highland Dance Association

MAIN ARENA 3

Pipes & Drums

12~ 1 ~3.30~4.30

Colchester Legion, Nova Scotia Highlanders & Clan Farquharson Pipe Bands played for your entertainment.

Sponsored in part by Sugar Moon Farm

MAIN ARENA 1

Tug 'O' War

11.30am ~ 4.45pm

The Nova Scotia Highlanders were the winners of our very First Tug O War Competition & the cup will be displayed shortly in the Marigold Sports Hall of Fame. Go visit it and see what your team could win in 2018!

INFIELD ARENA 3

Sponsored by GALLUS GAEL



Clann An Drumma - Centre Stage - 11.30am & 2pm

For those of you who missed them.. they will return in 2018 for the Games.

 

Clann An Drumma are the phenomenon that inspired a new wave of Highland Pipe and Drum Music like nothing that had come before. 

Their traditional tribal music with contemporary Celtic Rhythms stirred the blood, touched the heart & took everyone who watched them perform here in NS to the mountains & glens of Scotland. 

Sponsored by the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering Society



Bairns Battles

12~1pm & 1.30~3.30pm

All our little budding athletes competed in our field events & Mini Highland Games.

Lobster suckers all round. 

Main Arena 3

Kilted Dash

3.45pm

No one Begged, 'stole' or borrowed a kilt to compete in our Kilted Dash in 2017!

Help change this in 2018.  Compete for your chance to win Gold. 

Main Arena 3

'Note': We do not condone the act of theft. 

Clan Alley

All Day

  6 Clans from across Canada attended our inaugural games.  You are invited to join us again in 2018 as our honoured guests.

Thank you to all who signed the

Book of Clans at the Clan Donald tent.

International Drive



Our Re-enactors - Main Arena 1

Gallus Gael 

Colchester Highland Games & Gathering

Sword Duelists.

4pm

From our youngest 14 year old female sword duellist to our oldest in their late 50's they astounded crowds with the speed of their unchoreographed duelling display.

You held your breathe as battles were fought to the death for your entertainment.

Gallus Gael will return 2018

Main Arena 1

 

Nova Scotia Highlanders

2.30pm

Nova Scotia Highlanders

 

The first battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders gave a thrilling demonstration of the weaponry in a field combat re-enactment. We loved the smoke, gunfire & loud bangs.

Returning 2018

Main Arena 1

 

84th Regiment of Foot - 2nd Battalion 

Living History Encampment

11.30am~2pm

84th Battalion Regiment of Foot gave a taste of life in the 1800's.  Many travelled back in time with a visit to their encampment to see the food they would have eaten, the weapons they used, the period dress & heard the roar of the cannons & muskets.

Returning 2018

Main Arena 1 

 




Craft Fair

All Day

We had an abundance of crafters - thank you to all who attended. 

Interested in having a space in 2018? -

Complete our application here

International Drive

Food Vendors

All Day

Participants & Guests alike were treated to a multitude of delights.  Taco Styles, Waffles on My Mind,  Draft Pro & Route 6 with Great British Grub serving the VIP tent.  Most sold out! I missed my waffles!!!

Entrance Area

Sobeys Truro

Many thanks to Sobeys who provided much needed refreshment for everyone at the games.

Hopefully they will return in 2018

Sobey's Stall

International Drive



Greene's Irish Dancers - Centre Stage - 1.15pm

 

We were amazed at the footwork and precision of the

Greene School of Irish Dance. 

Normally performing at the

Nova Scotia Tattoo and 'Disneyland' they were on our Centre Stage for your delight.

This is the 'Riverdance' of NS



RCMP DOGS

12.30pm

The RCMP unfortunately were called for duty of the day of the games.  We hope they will be available to give a demonstration of their K9 unit showing the training and trust between officer and dog in 2018!

Main Arena 1

THE GOOD TIMES FIDDLERS

10.15am

14 Fiddlers, a Ukulele player, a Pianist

and some amazing talent. We saw them live on

Centre Stage 

COLCHESTER HIGHLAND DANCERS

Tartan Reveal

Highland Dancing with a more contemporary Style.

Dedication, power & artistic flair abounded in this show of talent on the evening of the tartan reveal. 

Hopefully they will return and be on our live stage in 2018. 

 



Drum Runners

3.45pm

The Drum Runners of Truro

are a local band with some great talent on

the Drums.

They did an amazing job at the games even Clann an Drumma were impressed.

They will be back in 2018.

Centre Stage

Lindsay Johnstone

12.20pm

Lindsay Johnstone has been playing the fiddle since she was six. 

She recently released her first album

'Fiery and Precise'

Her music ranges from haunting to driving Celtic Rock performances.

Centre Stage

Tayla Kelly

3.05pm

 Tayla Kelly is a young talented musician who grew up in Scotland, moved to Nova Scotia in 2009 before returning to Scotland to join the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts. 

She sang beautifully and played guitar, unfortunately, as she noted, coming straight after Clann An Drumma - A hard act to follow!

Centre Stage



TRURO SEA CADETS

all day

Watch as the young men and women of the Truro Cadets display the skills required in precision and style.

Main Arena 1

MI'KMAQ DANCERS & DRUMMERS

11.50am

Unfortunately the dancers were unable to come on the day, the drummers were awesome, but be Prepared to hear the story through dance in 2018. 

Listen to the drums and the voice of our native peoples.

Centre Stage

A TASTE OF ACADIA

Some music from our Acadians.  



Ceilidh Dance Party - Sept 9th - 7.30pm ~ 11pm

Purchase Ceilidh  tickets Here  ...................

Ceilidh Dance

Get your dancing shoes on...

$15.00

 

 We ended the day of entertainment with our dancing shoes on at a traditional

Scottish Ceilidh  Dance.

We danced the night away to the 

 

The NS Ceilidh Band

 

Everyone had so much fun the Holiday Inn had to throw us out as no one wanted to leave at the end of the night!

 

Saturday September 9th

 Holiday Inn, Truro. 7.30pm - 11pm  

 

 

 

Never been to a Ceilidh Dance?

You don't know how much fun you're missing!

 Learn the steps by attending local classes before you go, impress your friends.   

For more info on classes see here