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Geelong Highland Gathering

When:

Sun 1 Mar 2015, 9:30am–5:00pm

Where: Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus, 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Family: $40.00
  • Adult: $15.00
  • Concession: $10.00
  • Childfren 5-16: $8.00
  • Childfren U/55-16: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: daryl6

The Geelong Highland Gathering has won the right to host the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Championships for the first time since the event was moved from Queens Park in 2009.

The Gathering is now held at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus and regaining the Victorian titles is a major step to again becoming one of Australia’s biggest Scottish events.

This year’s Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

A new feature event for 2015 is the exciting Birds of Prey demonstrations of medaeval falconry, with peregrine falcons, owls, kites, kestrels and eagles involved.

This will add to the many other attraction, including the South Pacific Heavy Games Championships, the Western Martial Arts Academies of Australia National Longsword and
Broadsword championships and Highland Dancing competitions.

Additionally, there will be the Scottish Breeds Dog Show, Scottish Country Dancing displays, the 42nd Highlanders re-enactment group, the New Varangian Guard Dubh-linn Branch, also providing medaeval re-enactments and Clan and Scottish souvenir stallholders as well as food and other vendors.

A popular innovation in recent years has been expansion of the children’s programme to include a modified “Wee Highland Games” for youngsters, with haggis hurling and light-weight caber tossing.

Last year also saw the re-establishment of an old link dating back to the first Geelong Highland Gathering in 1857, when local Wathaurong Aboriginal people first took part in the event.

A medal was produced in the 1857s, marking those early Highland Scots-Aboriginal links with an Aboriginal warrior on one side of a shield and a Highlander none the other.

As occurred last year, the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative will introduce the official opening with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

Entry costs are: Family $40; adult $15; Concession $10;
Children 5-16, $8; children under-five free.

More information can be obtained at 'www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au'.