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Dancers and bagpipes and kilts, oh my! Kamloops Highland Games quite the fling

The Kamloops Highland Games came about again, and hundreds of participants, competitors and fans came out today (July 13).

The games, held at Albert McGowan Park in Upper Sahali, included dancers, pipe bands and heavy events (like cabers and hammer throwing).

An annual event, it drew competitors from Kamloops, B.C.'s Interior, the Lower Mainland and Alberta.

Alex McAra, who won the light hammer event in the open men's division with a final toss of over 107 feet (a personal record), came from Edmonton.

"I've been joining the Vancouver Island throwers and they've been going around, so I've tagging along," he says. "My dad threw back in the day and I did shot put, and it was kind of a nice transition from there."

"This is fantastic, it's so much fun."

With the games wrapped up for this year, they'll be back again in 365 days or so. There's also be a Scottish dance competition coming to Kamloops next year.

For more information about the games and the society behind it, click HERE.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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