PHOTOS: Light rain doesn’t discourage Penticton Scottish Festival goers

Justin Wallace throwing the stone in the heavy events at the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Pamela Turnbull watches the sheaf she just tossed soar over the bar in the heavy events competition at the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Orrin Nesdoly tosses the caber as part of the heavy events at the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Tobias von Rosenheim scores a fatal blow against fellow Society for Creative Anachronism duelist Jackin Hamor at the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Eliot and Miranda Williams sporting their kilts to the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Owen Royal tries his hand at throwing a caber - made out of cardboard tubing - at the Penticton Scottish Festival on June 6. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Ben Mackenzi-Sharpe in full kilt for the Penticton Scottish Festival on June 6. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Okanagan Youth Pipe Band gets ready to compete in the massed bands section of the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Niko Nesdoly watches as the sheaf brushes the bar in the tossing competition at the Penticton Scottish Festival. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

The Penticton Scottish Festival went off without a hitch, despite the weather reports warning of thunderstorms on Saturday.

Organizer Brian Johnston said the light rain that did fall didn’t discourage the roughly 3,000 people he says came out to King’s Park on July 6.

READ MORE: Record number of pipers and pipe bands set to attend Penticton Scottish Festival

“We did get a little shower at about three o’clock but that was good Scottish summer weather,” he said. “The bleachers that we put out there — we had two more than we had last year — they were jammed pack and I think we needed a few more.”

This year’s event was a combination of traditional Scottish Highland Games’ musical and athletic competition with a Celtic cultural expo. It featured a record-breaking number of competitors, including nine pipe bands and more than a hundred pipers, drummers and dancers.

“We had judges that came over from Scotland and we had a few from New Zealand and one from Hawaii to judge the competitions so we went quite far to get our judges,” he said.

The Celtic Ceilidh in the Park, which featured a performance by the Victoria-based band Knacker’s Yard, was also a popular event, Johnston added.

Scottish pipe band competition results are as follows:

In the Grade 5 pipe band competition, Robert Malcolm Memorial placed first, the Okanagan Youth came in second and third place went to the Edmonton Youth.

In the Grade 4 pipe band competition, White Spot took home first place, while Vale United placed second. Robert Malcolm Memorial 4 came third.

In the Grade 3 Pipe Band competition, Robert Malcolm Memorial came in first place. In Grade 2 Pipe Band, Robert Malcolm Memorial took won first.

Best Drum Corp include:

  • Grade 5 Robert Malcolm Memorial
  • Grade 4 Robert Malcolm Memorial
  • Grade 3 Robert Malcolm Memorial
  • Grade 2 Robert Malcolm Memorial.

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Robin Grant
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