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Highland Games a hit at new CTMHV home

Despite the warm temperatures, thousands of people flocked to Heritage Village on Saturday, June 22 for the annual Kingsville-Essex Highland Games.

From heavy event athletes throwing traditional highland weights, to an exciting tug-of-war, to highland dancing, highland bands and the traditional haggis hurl, there was plenty to do at this year’s games.

To keep cool, many people enjoyed the traditional Scottish Tea Room held inside the banquet hall at the Canadian Transportation Museum. Vendors lined the perimeter of the hall, while tasty pastries and tea were served to those who wanted to sit for a spell and avoid the heat.

The layout of the CTMHV property lent itself perfectly to the games, with plenty of real estate for parking, while still allowing room for the many spectators who walked through the gates.

The tug-of-war featured four muscle-bound teams competing for the trophy and cash prize. Team Rowley took the title with a close victory over the Essex and Kent Scottish ‘A’ team.

Many local competitors competed in the heavy events like caber toss and hammer throw, including 16-year-old Henry Heaton, who recently took top honours in Canada for his age group.

Committee Chair Doug Plumb was thrilled with the turnout and said the loyalty of his volunteers and sponsors make the event a success.

“The executive at CTMHV is a very forward thinking group,” he said.  “We’re so grateful for them.”

Plumb said comments from vendors said it all, when they told him it was the best Highland Games they’ve ever been to and will defenitely return.

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