Highland DanceHighland Dance Competition

As in most cultures, dance has deep roots in Scottish history.

Competitors from Canada, the U.S. and often Scotland help make this one of the larger Highland dance programs in Ontario. Dances include the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Irish Jig, Hornpipe, Seann Truibhas, and Pas de Basques.

Anyone interested in entering can register here.






Tug-of-war contests were a popular pastime among early Scottish settlers. Six Embro area farmers won the World Tug-of-War Championship at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

9:30 – Tug-of-War Field

1:30 – Tug-of-War Field






Pipe BandsHG-3

Since ancient times, the bagpipes have been a rallying force for Scots in war and peace.

The pipes remain a focal point for Scottish gatherings and are well represented at the Embro games through solo piping and drumming, as well as band competitions. (Don’t miss the stirring spectacle of all bands playing as one during the Massed Band performances at mid-day and at Games closing.)






Heavy EventsHG-12

Heavy athletic events have been part of Scottish gatherings since the 11th century and were originally a means for ancient Highland chieftains to select and train soldiers.

Events including the stone put (toss), weight for distance, hammer throw, caber toss and weight over bar. Contestants are invited based on rankings compiled by the Canadian Scottish Athletic Federation.

Ontario Heavy Events Championships

10:30 am & 1:00 pm on the Heavy Events Field



Road Race

Runners from across Southwestern Ontario take part in the annual 10 km race which leaves the grounds at 9:00 am. The route extends north and circles back returning to the site of the Embro Zorra Community Centre.

A 5 km race, as well as a 2 km race for students in grade 8 or under, run concurrently with the 10 km event.

For detailed information regarding registration, see Road Race competitors section.

2017 Results – Embro 2017 Road Race

2016 Results – Embro 2016 Road Race

2015 Results – Embro 2015 Road Race

2014 Results – EMBRO 2014 Road Race

2013 Results –  EMBRO2013 Road Race


Sheep Herding

The tough, smart border collie has played a vital and historic role in the Scottish sheep industry.  Several demonstrations of their amazing herding ability are offered.

10:30 am & 3:00 pm in the Sheep Pen

A local agility club will showcase all-breed agility events over courses involving tunnels, jumps, weave poles and other challenges.  Kids will enjoy the interactive format offered by the club.

Scottish Dogs on Parade

9:30 am on the North Field