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Turakina Highland Games

When:

Sat 30 Jan 2016, 8:00am–11:00pm

Where: Turakina Domain, Cameron Road, Turakina, Marton, Rangitikei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Children under 15: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: deb6wxh

This will be the 152nd Turakina Highland Games. New Zealand's longest running Highland Games. The event is a fun, affordable day out for all the family.

The day includes events for solo Bagpipers, solo drummers, Highland and National dancers and in the afternoon the Pipe Bands take to the centre of the arena. Many of those competing are New Zealand champions.

There is plenty to watch and listen to but if you are keen to get more involved have a go at the Traditional Scottish Field Events, tossing the caber, shot put, carrying the stones, tossing the sheaf; or if you are really energetic test your speed and endurance on the Ben Nevis hill run and join in on one of the tug-of-war teams. Events are split into age groups, and men and women so there is something for all ages. Enter on the day.

There is plenty to keep the little ones entertained with their own free Field Events and lunch time sports including old favourites like the egg and spoon race, three legged and sack races, or finding the Needle in the Haystack. If they are looking for something more relaxing there is colouring in and less energetic activities under a shady gazebo. A bouncy castle is also on site.

The many Scottish Clans are represented amongst the Clan Stalls, with members who are happy to help visitors trace their family roots.
A busy market place offers all manner of retail opportunities many with a Scottish or Celtic theme.
The market place also boasts an array of food and refreshment stalls while the large marquee provides the ideal shady spot to stop and rest for a bit. A display of Scottish and Celtic hand crafts will be featured in the marquee.

At the end of the Pipe Band competition the bands form up for a massed bands march; this is always a spine tingling display. This is followed by a traditional Haggis Ceremony in the marquee after which the presentations are made.

The day will then be rounded off with a free Ceilidh (party) featuring live band "Bowmore". The bands music includes a mix of Celtic folk songs and more contemporary music, ideal to dance the night away.

The cost of entry is $10 per person with children under 15 free. Camp sites are also available for $5 per night. (Entry tickets are also required)

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