The 3rd ANNUAL
CAMPBELL RIVER HIGHLAND GATHERING
part of the 54th annual CR Salmon Festival
Scheduled for AUGUST 7th 2021
The 2021 Campbell River Salmonfest is a go.
The Highland Gathering has been approved by the Salmonfest Association and will look quite differ due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Gathering will be held for one day only verses the 3 day event held normally.
While the province of BC will be in stage 3 lockdown we have to follow strict distance protocols but we will have our regular beverages available for the hot afternoon.
Celts have Talent, Loggersports and Highland Dance Competitions are canceled this year but our Dance Chairperson is arranging several demos by students from across the Island for your pleasure!
At the end of the competitions there will be a massed band that will parade through the streets of Campbell River sponsored by the Rotary Club of Campbell River.
Note: there is reserved camping for competitors and vendors on the field both Friday and Saturday night. Call 250-204-4064 to book
August 7 2021
Nunn's Creek Park, Campbell River
at Nunns Creek Park
While a great number of pipe bands exist purely for the enjoyment and performance of the music, playing on parade and in festivals and tattoos, the primary focus for most bands today is competition. Since 1930, when the Scottish Pipe Band Association (Now the Royal SPBA) was formed, there has been an event known as the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow every August.
To demonstrate that the pipes and drums are not just relegated to a defined set of rules you’ll see that they integrate well with other musical instruments and styles.
Highland Games were held long ago by the clans of Northern Scotland but has it’s origins far earlier with the Celts of Ireland in Roman times. Some credit the 11th-century Scottish king, Malcolm Canmore, with initiating the first Highland Games. Contests in running, leaping, vaulting, wrestling, lifting heavy weights and putting stones (as one sees today) were begun more than a thousand years ago.
Highland dance is a competitive dance form recognized by the Sport Council of Scotland. It requires stamina, strength, and the ability to persevere during extreme bagpipe assault. It often takes place alongside with Highland Games like those happening in Campbell River this year as a part of the annual Salmon Festival Loggers Sports celebration.