Things To See At The Games


Highland Dance

Highland Dancing is classified as a sport, rather than an art, as it requires technique, stamina and strength.  It originally evolved from Gaelic Folk Dance which was formalized by conventions of ballet. Each dance has its own history. For example, the “Seann Triubhas, Gaelic for “old trousers” depicts the highlander’s disgust at having to wear the hated Sassenach trousers they were forced to wear following the 1745 rebellion.  





Pipe Bands

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 Events Championships

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.


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.

2022 Results – Embro 2023 Road Race
2019 Results – Embro 2019 Road Race
2018 Results – Embro 2018 Road Race
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 – Embro 2013 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. 

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

Scottish Dogs on Parade was the brainchild of Philip Kerr.  He does a great job of organizing the different breeds of Scottish dogs which parade around with their owners in tow, while educational facts are given about the breed, the dog and sometimes the owner!” 


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