Events are taking shape for 2023!
Expect all the great things from this year's event that you have experienced in the past, including...
The Pipers are Coming!Join The Guelph Pipe Band on July 8th at the Kincardine Scottish Festival for an afternoon of Scottish music as they bring 101 years of piping and drumming to the main stage with Mika McCairley, Alanna Jenish and with special guests Madison Violet. As one of the oldest bands in Canada, The Guelph Pipe Band fuses ancient traditions with modern approaches to the music of the great highland bagpipe.
Find out more about the Guelph Pipe Band and the Event schedule here.
Highland Dance Competiton
Take in the amazing skills of Highland DanceFeaturing traditional Scottish dances in a wide range of age groups, the Kincardine Scottish Festival hosts dance competitions that will make you feel like you're in the highlands... or the lowlands for that matter. Take a look at some of the amazing competitors' technique, stamina, and strength from previous festivals!
Pas de Bas/Pas de Bas Hi Cuts
Is one of the first dances taught in Highland Dance. This dance is exactly the same as the first step of the Sword Dance, but is danced to the front without the use of swords. It is usually taught to young dancers who are not yet prepared to learn the entire Sword Dance
Used to depict the Scottish displeasure at being forced to wear trousers by the English. Dancers’ movements show pleasure at shedding the trousers and donning the kilt.
One of the oldest traditional dances. Originally performed by male warriors as a victory dance over a tang (shield).
Dating back to 11th Century, this is a victory dance where the victorious warrior places his sword over that of the defeated. Touching or kicking the sword results in a deduction or disqualification.
Heavy Athletic Events
A stone is thrown in a style similar to the modern shot-put for maximum distance. The modern Track and Field shot-put has, in fact, its roots in the Heavy Events.
Weights (Over the Bar)
The weight is thrown one-handed over a bar set at increasing heights. The weight is attached to a metal ring handle. The thrower has three tries for each height (12-25 lbs).
Weights (For Distance)
These weights are metal with a chain and ring handle. The weights include Light (28lb) and Heavy (56lb) with the overall length of each implement being 18 inches. The athlete has a 9’ run up and must throw the weight with one hand. The object is to throw the weight as far as possible.
The hammer head is metal, and the shaft is wood (rattan or bamboo),or plastic eg. PVC pipe. The total weight of each hammer is 16 lbs (light) and 22 lbs (heavy). The length of the hammer can be no longer than 50” overall. The hammer must be thrown with the feet in a fixed position, but a competitor may move his feet after the hammer is released.