Caber training for this year’s games

Hororata Games the country’s biggest

by Mike Isle

New Zealand’s biggest Scottish festival will this year be held Saturday, November 9 at the Hororata Domain.

The Hororata Highland Games sees all the traditional Scottish competitions take place during one massive day. The festival hosts New Zealand’s biggest one day Highland dancing competition, top-level pipe bands, solo pipers and drummers, tug o’ war teams and, of course, the strong men and women competing in the heavy events.

“The competitions are no doubt the heart of the games, but the festival surrounding them is what elevates the Hororata Highland Games to the next level. In amongst the stalls, food vendors and fairground you expect to find at a festival there are some activities and entertainment, which are inimitable to the games,” said event manager Cindy Driscoll. New for 2019 is the Best Dressed Lads and Lassies competition. “We are looking forward with excitement to see a range of creative tartan outfits paraded on the main stage following the welcome ceremony to be judged by fashion industry icons.”

The Hororata Highland Games is a community festival staged by the Hororata Community Trust. All funds raised benefit the community.

“Our community loves welcoming visitors to the games, and it is a highlight of the year for many,” Driscoll said. Gates open at 9am on November 9, Hororata Domain, the event concludes with a heart-pounding Massed Bands march at 4.30pm. Competition entries are open until October 28.

Early bird tickets are on sale, for details visit hororatahighlandgames.org.nz.