Glengarry Highland Games cancelled for 2020

Members of the Windsor Police Pipe Band stride onto the Glengarry Games competition field, during the afternoon massed pipe bands demonstration, precursor to that evening's championship. The 69th annual Games wrapped up July 30, 2016.

MAXVILLE — The COVID-19 crisis has stilled the Glengarry Highland Games for 2020.

Organizers have called off this year’s 73rd annual Games, scheduled July 31-Aug. 1, announcing the unprecedented cancellation on the event website yesterday.

“While we know this is a huge disappointment for everyone involved with the Games, our primary responsibility is the health and safety of the competitors, entertainers, volunteers, and the thousands of supporters who contribute to the success of our festival. Since its beginning in 1948, the Games have been held continuously in spite of sweltering heat and pouring rain and other difficult conditions,” the organizing committee observes in a statement that acknowledges “the gravity of the world’s situation right now,”

“As upsetting as cancelling this year’s Glengarry Highland Games is .. it is very much the right thing to do,” Games President Eric Metcalfe said in the statement. “I also want to assure you that all the directors and committees will be working hard to produce a spectacular 2021 Games. We look forward to welcoming you back on July 30 and 31, 2021. Please keep checking out our website for updates.”

“Until we meet in 2021, keep healthy and see you in Maxville on July 30th and 31st, 2021,” organizers say.

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