IT WILL be on for young and old on Saturday when 16 pipe bands hit the streets of Maclean for the Highland Gatherings bands on parade march.

The bands will assemble at McLachlan Park and march through the CBD main street of Maclean and halt at the Maclean library, before dispersing to the Maclean showground to commence a full day of pipe band contests in four grades at 10.30am.

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This year Maclean has added a juvenile pipe band contest and a juvenile drum major contest.

Also in the piping solo contest Maclean has added a veteran contest. These additional events are catering for the young and the not so young.

On Friday afternoon the solo contest in both piping and drumming will start at 12.15pm, at the Maclean showground. On Friday night the solo contest will move into Maclean centre, in three venues to cater for the large entries in the A grade piping.

The Council Foyer, the Civic hall and the Salvation Army Church were selected as suitable venues to enable competitors to move from one venue to another to meet their time allocations.

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Friday night at 7.15pm the action will move to McLachlan Park for the Scottish Ceilidh, a night of family entertainment under lights.

McLachlan Park is an open air venue and the public are asked to bring a chair or a rug for their comfort during the show.

Massed bands will hold two displays, on Friday night at the Ceilidh and on Saturday afternoon at the showground.

Scottish dancer Nicole Cowling gets in some last minute practice before dancing at the Maclean Highland Gathering.
Scottish dancer Nicole Cowling gets in some last minute practice before dancing at the Maclean Highland Gathering. Adam Hourigan

Highland dancing is another popular art of Scottish culture and again this year Maclean has attracted big entries.

The dancing contest is one of talent and colour and not to be missed.

It starts at 9am Saturday at the showground venue.

Highland sport is another event that has grown over the years and Maclean has attracted some big men to do battle across several events.

Tossing the caber and log wrestling are probably the most popular events, and competitors need tonnes of muscle power to push them over the line. Women these days, not to be outdone, are highly competitive in this once male-dominated sport.

Easter Saturday is all Scottish in Maclean, starting with bands on parade at 8.30am, Easter community markets all Saturday morning, a full day's program at the showground ending with a piping recital at the Maclean Services Club at 8.30pm.

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