Biz X Was There – 2022 Kingsville Highland Games
The 2022 Kingsville Highland Games took place in Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street in Kingsville on June 25, 2022. It was a beautiful blue sky, hot summer day and thousands were in attendance to get their Celtic on!
The Town of Kingsville is the proud sponsor of the games, which were organized, and run by, a Committee of Council. The Committee, comprised of volunteers and a staff person, is chaired by Doug Plumb.
“It’s a great event and it feels good to bring it back,” says Plumb. “It’s a family-friendly event for the most part with competitions, Scottish entertainment and sports during the day, before it switches over to an entertainment event in the evening hours.”
The event featured a pipe band competition, a Highland dance competition, Scottish heavyweight events, a 5k kilt run/walk, a tug-of-war competition, a Mayoral Haggis Hurl, a clan village, sheepherding demonstrations, a beer garden featuring local beers, (Banded Goose Brewery, Grove House Brewery and Kingsville Brewery), and Pelee Island Winery, food and merchandise vendors and activities for lads and lassies. As well, a Ceilidh (a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering) featured The Mudmen, Todd Porter and Steel City Rovers from 5:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.
John Fairley, Vice-President of College Communications and Community Relations at St. Clair College was also an emcee for the Tug of War event with Jim Crichton emceeing the Haggis Hurl and other parts of the day.
St. Clair sponsored a number of the heavyweight events like the caber-toss, heavy hammer, heavyweight for distance, Braemar stone, lightweight for distance, light hammer, weight-over-bar, open stone and tossing a sheaf.
They also sponsored the tug of war competition which was definitely one of the highlights of the day.
Many cheered on the five competing teams and all gave it their best shot. The final heat saw the Windsor Police take on Vitrella Plumbing . . . with the plumbers winning the gold cup in the end! Other participating teams were from Movati Athletic in Kingsville, F45 and the Celtic Cannoli’s.
In addition to St. Clair College this year’s sponsors included: Blimeys British Store & Gift Shop, McDonald’s, Biz X magazine, Better Blinds, Windsor Family Credit Union, Zehrs, The Scottish Club of Windsor, PowerPlay, the Scottish Club of Windsor, Vision Realty, Sun Parlour Curling Club, Power Play Sports, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, St. Clair College Alumni Association, Sunset/Mastronardi Produce, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Tilbury Auto Mall and Anna’s Garden, Home & Wellness.
Other sponsors are: Kingsville Home Hardware Building Centre, Ernie’s TV, Film Camp for Kids & Youth, McDonald’s, Criminal Defence Lawyer Ken Marley, Wendy Musselman Realtor, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Windsor Regional Hospital and Men in Kilts Window Cleaning.
Learn more about The 2022 Kingsville Highland Games. And be sure to mark you calendars to attend next year on June 24, 2023!
Photos by Della Jones-Goulet