Calgary is known for a lot of things. One of them is the Calgary Highland Games. When it comes to the Highland Games in Western Canada this by far is one of the best ones. It started way back in 1913 and is considered one of the oldest gatherings in all of North America. This year will be the 100th year this gathering has taken place.
A lot of people in Western Alberta are of Scottish decent. The Highland Games give them the opportunity to celebrate their heritage. If you aren't of Scottish decent you will have the opportunity to learn about this amazing culture. You will also be able to participate in some of the most well-known Scottish traditions with the main one being the tasting of Scottish food.
The pre-event kicks off on Friday, August 30th. The pre-event will consist of several charity soccer games known as "Scottish Highlanders Kicking Hunger." All games are free to participate in. The only request is for those who choose to participate to bring food that can be donated to the Inter Faith Food Bank. The first match will start at 6pm and will be between Scotland and England.
On Saturday, August 31st things will really pick up and it will be a day full of fun. This year Calgary will be hosting the Premiership competition for dancers. This is the first time this event has been hosted at the Highland Games. You will also be able to watch ten of the top female athletes in Canada compete for the Canadian Champion title.
If you want to be treated like royalty you can pay $100 to get the best seats at the entire event. You will also get a lapel pin, a light lunch and the opportunity to mingle with some of the VIP's at the event. Tickets in advance will start at around $12. If you pay at the gate expect to pay a little extra.
To learn more about the Highland Games visit http://www.calgaryhighlandgames.org.