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2022 Kingsville Highland Games
June 25 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 pm$15 – $20
2022 Kingsville Highland Games
The 2022 Kingsville Highland Games will take place at Lakeside Park in Kingsville, Ontario … the southern most town in Canada. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, historic Lakeside Park is a 6.5-hectare oasis, established in 1907. This park features a natural amphitheatre complete with walking paths, playground and spectacular lakeside gardens carefully tended by the Kingsville Horticultural Society.
There are three competitions that are pivotal to any Highland Games – Piping & Drumming, Highland Dancing and Scottish Athletic Heavy Events. All of these will take place at the Kingsville Highland Games at various times throughout the day.
While the gates open at 8:30am the official opening will take place at noon when competing bands gather for Mass Bands onto the field. These ceremonies will conclude with a Massed Highland Fling by the competing Highland Dancers. The Massed Pipe Bands will take to the field again at 4pm to close the Games.
At 9:00am scores of kilted runners, walkers & wheelers will depart on a 5km high comfort scenic course that’s routed along an excellent network of multi-use pathways & trails. The event starts and finishes by the lake at Lakeside Park. All participants wear tartan for the event which is raising funds in support of the Neighbourhood Charitable Alliance and the Kingsville Historical Park Museum.
Also starting at 10am, watch as a seasoned sheep herder works closely with her talented border collie to rally a herd of sheep into one pen. Viki Kidd has travelled across Ontario showcasing her eye- catching skills and will be performing throughout the day.
According to Wikipedia, Haggis Hurling is a Scottish sport involving the hurling of a haggis as far as possible for distance and accuracy from atop a platform (usually a whisky barrel). The haggis must be edible after landing. Join us as the mayor of Kingsville and mayors from surrounding towns compete for the title of Chief Haggis Hurler of the Kingsville Highland Games 2022. “All of our Essex County Mayors are invited to participate in this cultural delicacy,” encouraged Mayor Nelson Santos, who is currently the holder of 1st place championship of 2019. “It will take great strategy and a true mayoral touch to succeed at this incredible hurling of the haggis.”
The Scots in Canada and around the world have been said to have revolutionized the modern world with their many inventions. Visit the Clan area and discover your inner-Scot by connecting with the ancestors of the very people that helped create Canada. Several clans will be represented here and will also take part in the Opening Ceremonies.
The Kingsville area is home to a flourishing art community. The Art Society of Kingsville (A.S.K.) members are a unique and contemporary group of devoted traditional and modernistic fine artists, creative writers, musicians, woodworkers, jewellers, clothiers and many other creatives, from diverse life experiences and backgrounds, who transform Kingsville, Ontario and the surrounding region into a unique and beautiful art space. Members will attend the Kingsville Highland Games demonstrating and selling their artwork.
Highland Games would not be complete without an amazing array of food and beverages and Kingsville will be a fine example of that. The entire Highland Games site will be licensed by the LLBO so that beverages may be enjoyed while watching the many events taking place all over Lakeside Park. There will be numerous food vendors selling everything from local Lake Erie Perch to delicious muffins and cupcakes and everything in between. Three of our local breweries, Banded Goose Brewery, Grove Brewing Company and Kingsville Brewery, will be on-tap to provide an array of beers, and Pelee Island Winery will provide a selection of wines.
Several vendors will be on site selling their wares, everything from quilts to kilts. There will also be a limited selection of Kingsville Highland Games souvenirs available for sale, baseball caps, t-shirts and golf shirts and the Town of Kingsville will also have town merchandise available to purchase.
A ceilidh (Kaylee) is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering usually involving music. Our Ceilidh will be held after the closing of the Kingsville Highland Games.
The Town of Kingsville is the proud sponsor of the 2022 Kingsville Highland Games which have been organized, and will be run, by a Committee of Council. The Committee, comprised of volunteers and a staff person, is chaired by Doug Plumb. Doug was instrumental in bringing the Highland Games back to Kingsville. He developed a plan and budget, secured cooperation from the necessary participants and then brought his idea to council for approval. He has been tireless in his efforts to produce a memorable event for all to enjoy.
As with most events in our community, much of the effort is down to the work of Volunteers and the Kingsville Highland Games are no exception. Work has been underway for months to organize the event and dozens of volunteers will assist on June 25th with bringing the vision to reality.
There has been great enthusiasm among the townspeople and the businesses. Here are a few examples:
- Three breweries, Kingsville Brewery, Banded Goose Brewery and Grove House Brewery have collaborated to produce a special beer for the Kingsville Highland Games called WE 3 Scotch Ale
- Pelee Island Winery will bottle a commemorative wine
Taking part in the historic return of this great event will be an unforgettable experience! Anyone who.
- is Scottish
- of Scottish or Celtic descent or wishes they were
- simply enjoys experiencing new things will enjoy the Kingsville Highland Games There’s something for everyone.
If the sights, sounds and pageantry fail to hold their attention, the Windsor Play Group will be leading activities for the wee ones.
Information can be found on our website at Kingsville.ca.
Early-Bird tickets for the Kingsville Highland Games are currently available until April 30 on-line for $15 or can be purchased at the gate on the day for $20. Children 14 years of age and younger are free.
Lakeside Park is pet and smoke-free.
Most purchases on-site will be cash only including alcoholic beverages. Bring a water bottle as a free water filling station will be available. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket as there isn’t any seating.
Early-bird sales $15 (ends April 30) $20 at the gate. Children 14 and under are free
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