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Scottish heritage celebrated at Highland Games

Historic traditions from across the pond get a unique stage for reenactment in the Foothills every August.

Highland Games may date back as far as nine centuries and locally, their tradition will continue to grow when The Foothills Highland Games returns for a fourth consecutive year in Okotoks on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The grounds of the Foothills Composite High School will be bustling with activities, which have been integral parts of the Highland Games since as early as the 11th Century. Competitions such as Highland dancing, piping and drumming, as well as the popular heavy games will draw in competitors from across western Canada and the United States. The day will end with a festive evening ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee) featuring live music.

The Highland Games are entering their fifth-year in Okotoks, after being held in High River for almost a decade. Since 2010, the event has become one of the biggest and most popular in Okotoks. With the success of in recent years, coupled with all the British expatriates looking for a slice of home, the fan base for this unique sporting and cultural experience should continue to grow.

You do not need to be Scottish to enjoy the Highland Games, as there is something for everyone whether it’s sampling haggis for the first time, dancing to the music or watching a heavy games athlete toss a caber the size of a telephone pole.

The Foothills Highland Games are an opportunity for Okotokians and people throughout the region to get a taste of traditional Scottish events with a healthy dose of Foothills flair.

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