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  • Highland games returning to Livonia this weekend
    Posted On: Aug 02, 2017

    Bring your laddies and lassies to Greenmead this weekend.

    The 168th annual St. Andrew's Society Highland Games return to Livonia's historical park at Eight Mile and Newburgh beginning Friday night. 

    With a long-running history in metro Detroit, not much is changing at the games this year, event chairwoman Cathy Hasse said. 

    "We don't really do much changes from year to year," said Hasse, who lives in Orchard Lake. "We are 168 years old and we're the oldest games in North America."

    The festivities kick off Friday evening with the Ceilidh, a Scottish party aimed toward adults that will feature musical acts such as Crossbow, The American Rogue, Stone Clover and Albannach. Food and drink will also be available to purchase.

    That event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and tickets are sold in advance for $20. If any tickets are available by Friday, they will be sold at the door for $25.

    "It's a different crowd usually on Friday night," Hasse said. "The bands come from all over the Midwest and Canada."

    The contests kick off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenmead and run through 6 p.m. Contests include the hammer throw, weight throw, stone put and caber toss, among others.

    Highland dancing competitions will also run all day, as well as piping and drumming across the park. The welcoming ceremony will take place at noon at the main field with the parade of clans and Massed Bands.

    One of the highlights of the day is the tug o' war competition, which will see teams compete for the 1914 Sheriff's Cup, donated more than 100 years ago by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

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