July 15, 2013 - 10:32 AM
KAMLOOPS - The skirl of bagpipes and rhythm of drums filled the air while legs and kilts were flying on the stage and stones and cabers were tossed at the annual Kamloops Highland Games on Saturday.
The event drew hundreds of fans and curious spectators to McGowan Park throughout the day, where they were treated to colourful kilts, pipers, stones and cabers as the dancers, musicians and athletes competed for titles and trophies at the annual Scottish festival. A few field records were broken over the weekend as well.
The women competing in the weight throwing event used stones weighing in at 21 or 28 pounds while the men used stones up to 56 pounds, or four stones as those in the sport call it. Teacher Kim Dennis of Kelowna, originally from Kamloops and also a power lifter, threw a field record in weight throwing for the women's master category with a throw of well over 36 feet with the 21 pound weight.
The athletes also tossed cabers (large poles or trees) later in the day. Cabers are typically just under 20 feet tall and weigh about 175 pounds. The goal is to get the caber to fall straight ahead with the top facing the thrower after it has landed.
In piping and dance both individuals and teams competed in beginner through adult categories throughout the day.
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