Games to mark Armistice Day

by Kent Caddick

A special ceremony to mark the ending of World War I will be held as part of this year’s Hororata Highland Games.

One of the biggest Scottish festivals in the Southern hemisphere, the Hororata Highland Games is on this Saturday at the Hororata Domain.

“This year the games falls on Armistice Day, November 11, and in respect of this, there will be a remembrance held at 11am right before the Chieftain’s Welcoming Ceremony,” event manager Cindy Driscoll said.

She said the games is a vibrant cultural festival with something for everyone and 2017 will be no exception.

“The Scottish heavy events are always an exciting and different sport for spectators with the best athletes in the world battling it out for the Oceania Heavyweight Championship.

“We have one of the biggest highland dancing competitions in New Zealand which run right throughout the day.”

There will be over 100 market stalls surrounding the event offering a huge variety of craft, produce, clothes, jewellery and much more.

“There is a great range of food vendors to tempt taste buds, with more Scottish food to experience, including haggis burgers, Lorne sausage, black pudding and chocolate cranachan, than ever before,” Mrs Driscoll said.
“Of course the Hororata Pie eating competition will be back along with a new porridge eating competition for the kids. People can visit Clan Lane and discover their Scottish heritage or connect with their own clan.

“Also new for 2017 is our Whisky Seminars with Michael Fraser-Milne, from Whisky Galore, who has partnered with the Hororata Community Trust to source and promote the Hororata Whisky.

“Each year the Trust launches new whiskies which generally sell out at the games. A common comment from visitors is they want to hear more about Scotland’s national drink.”

The Hororata Highland Games will begin at 9am and run through until the closing ceremony at 4pm.