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SLIDESHOW: 70th Glengarry Highland Games

By Nick Seebruch

Published on August 5, 2017
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Alex Gaffney, 12, and Fiona Tolley, 16, of Aspects of Dance get ready to compete in the Highland Dancing competition at the Glengarry Highland Games on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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A competitor attempts the sheep toss in the rain at the Glengarry Highland Games on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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Former OPP officer and current Mayor of North Glengarry Chris McDonell was a flag bearer during the opening ceremonies of the 70th Glengarry Highland Games on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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While the pipes played, the dancers danced during the opening ceremonies at the 70th Glengarry Highland Games on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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Sawyer MacDonell and Beauden Brown, both 4-years-old, after their 60 meter foot race which Sawyer won (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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Andrea, Grace and Max Putnam of the Kingston Loyalist Fifes and Drums at the Glengarry Highland Games (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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A Highland Dancer resting before the Opening Ceremonies of the 70th Highland Games in Maxville on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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The Mass Band at the Glengarry Highland Games (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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The SD&G Highlanders pull their way to victory in the mud and rain during the Tug-O-War competition at the Glengarry Highland Games on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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Quinton Brunning, a drummer with the Niagara Regional Police Band at the Glengarry Highland Games on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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The Mass Band at the Glengarry Highland Games (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

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Highland Games President presents a gift basket to the guest of honour, acclaimed piper Bill Livingstone of Whitby, Ontario at the Opening Ceremonies of the 70th Highland Games in Maxville on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

MAXVILLE, Ontario - The 70th Glengarry Highland games opened to rain on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, but it did not dampen the strong Celtic spirit in the crowd.

No events were delayed and the rain soon dissipated.

During the opening ceremony, MC Reg Gamble took time to remember Connie Blaney, a skilled piper and a strong supporter and former president of the Glengarry Highland Games who passed away this past January.

They also greeted Bill Livingstone, the 2017 guest of honour at the Highland Games.

Livingstone is a renowned piper and lawyer based in Whitby Ontario. Livingstone is the only person to have led a Grade One band to the World Championship and to have won a Clasp for piobairachd at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, Scotland. Both are significant piping distinctions.

Also at the opening ceremonies were all living past presidents of the Glengarry Highland Games and Gamble took a moment to ensure that they were recognized and thanked them for their efforts as without them, the Games would not have become what it is today in its 70th year.