It was a far cry from traditional Scottish weather for the Mt Barker Highland Gathering held recently at the Mt Barker oval. It was hot, but spirits were not dampened, with entertainment including caber tossing and haggis tossing, medieval duelling, Highland dancing and Pipe band competition.
The caber and haggis tossing was open to the public with getting the balance on the heavy caber half the battle! The medieval swordsmen wore protective clothing weighing nearly 30kg!On a day in the mid 30â€™s Celcius that alone deserved a medal!
Precision was the order of the day from both the dancers and the pipes and drums. The highlight of the afternoon had to be the massed pipes and drums (approximately 150 musicians) entering the main arena playing â€˜100 pipersâ€™.
Proceedings concluded with trophies and awards to the successful dancers and bands.