Gather – it’s a celebration
PREPARE to hurl the haggis, toss the caber and slip on your kilt, the 110th Maclean Highland Gathering is coming to town.
Scottish culture will take centre stage in Maclean over the next two days, offering up an acoustic feast combined with the spectacle of hundreds of performers in competition.
It all begins on Friday afternoon at Maclean Showground as the stirring sounds of solo pipers and drums compete.
Later in the evening, top class pipers will perform at The Maclean Civic Hall and council foyer and party in the park from 7.15pm.
The Lower Clarence Scottish Association spokesman Ian Saunders said this was a great chance to enjoy the atmosphere.
"The Scottish Ceilidh in McLachlan Park is a night of bands, entertainment and lots of dancing in the street," he said.
On Saturday morning Maclean will come alive with the sounds of drums and bagpipes from 8.30am when bands take to the street for their traditional parade.
A variety of events for people of all ages will feature at Saturday's Highland Games at the Maclean Showground.
Entrants will compete for prize money and medals in events from kilted races to the caber toss, putting the stone and the haggis hurl.
By Saturday night it's time to unwind with a jam night at the local hotels.
"It's traditional after the end of the competitions, there are a couple of small beers and people start playing, not to compete, just for fun," Mr Saunders said.
"To me it's the highlight of the weekend - everyone is relaxed and having fun."
The two-day festival was one of the single largest annual visitor drawcards in the Clarence Valley. A detour will be in place while River Street Maclean is closed to traffic on Saturday morning.
Friday afternoon showground - gold coin
Friday night Civic Hall, council foyer, McLachlan Park - gold coin donation
Saturday Showground - tickets at the gate: Adults $15, Pensioners $10, School students $5.