Bagpipes, Bif and Burton
By Jennifer Stahn
The heavy events at highland games are always entertaining as men in kilts throw and carry heavy objects around the field.
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July 11, 2013 - 6:00 AM
KAMLOOPS – This weekend offers a variety of summer activities a bit different than the typical weekend events, with the annual Highland Games, a free Bif Naked concert at Harley Davidson, a pride barbecue and dance and a free Burton Cummings concert at Sun Peaks.
B.C. Theatre Mainstage continues through Saturday and Music in the Park will continue with nightly shows at Riverside Park through the end of August, but this weekend also offers a wide variety of activities in and around town.
Saturday Kamloops Harley-Davidson is celebrating the 110th anniversary of the beloved motorcycle brand with a show-n-shine, barbecue, competitions and an outdoor concert featuring Juno award-winning Bif Naked.
Another concert featuring a well known Canadian artist will take place at Sun Peaks Saturday, with Burton Cummings featured as the main concert event of the summer. Art Pruce, Alex Thorne, Margit Bull & Sweetgrass, Peter Ernst & Spencer's Dirty Matadors and Henry Small Band will fill the stage, starting during the noon hour as the resort leads up to the Cummings concert at 7 p.m.
The annual Kamloops Highland Games will take place at McGowan Park and those in the area should prepare for an early morning wake up call as the solo piping and drumming competition is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. A Highland dance competition also begins at 8:30 and two hours later the heavy events will begin as men in kilts throw cabers and toss stones. And like any good Scottish event the beer gardens open at 11 a.m., in time to enjoy a few pints before lunch.
Prefer the sand and water? Beachfest, featuring music and beach volleyball, will take place at Overlander Park Saturday and Sunday while the Summer Salmon Festival at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park will offer activities for kids, native storytelling and fly fishing demonstrations.
Pride events will also take place this weekend, with a barbecue at Stuart Wood Elementary at noon and a dance at the curling club in the evening. The city is offering a cemetery walking tour through the museum if you are looking for more of a historical bent this weekend.
After finishing a full day of activities on Saturday why not show off your civic pride on Sunday by going down to Pioneer Park to meet the Communities in Bloom judges as they arrive by boat at 2 p.m. City staff are asking all volunteers in the city to come down and show the judges how much pride residents have in their city before the judges embark on a tour of public, residential and commercial landscapes around the city.
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