Hardie pipes, Henderson Imports Premier drum and Walsh Bagpipes voucher go to Pick The Six winners

Published: August 31, 2011
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A brand new set of R.G. Hardie RGH002 pipes, a Premier HTS800 courtesy of Henderson Imports and a $200 voucher from John Walsh Bagpipes have been awarded to pipes|drums’ largest ever Pick The Six contest.

Sean Maher of Sunward Park, Boksburg, South Africa, was the winner of a full set of Hardie pipes; Lara McNeil of  Lockerbie, Scotland, win the Premier HTS800 snare drum, donated by Henderson Imports; and Robert Boyd  of Morgan Hill, California, receives the runner-up prize of a $200 voucher from John Walsh Bagpipes.

More than 2,000 entries were received this year, from more than 20 countries. Thanks to unpredicted strong finishes by ScottishPower and Inveraray & District, no single entry had a spot-on prediction. Instead, more than 30 entries tied for the most points with this prediction:

1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Simon Fraser University
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole
4th Inveraray & District
5th ScottishPower
6th Boghall and Bathgate

The correct final finish swapped the places of St. Laurence O’Toole and ScottishPower, of course, but no one saw that coming.

We then took all of the ties and put them into hats of those designated piper or drummer, and made a draw for each top prize. We then put all of the top-score entries into a hat (without the winners) to draw the runner-up prize.

We thank all those who entered the contest and of course the sponsors of the event.

Stay tuned next summer for next year’s Pick The Six contest!

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