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UPCOMING EVENTS July 31, 2015Glengarry Highland Games (North American Pipe Band Championships)Maxville, ON

August 1, 2015Aboyne Highland GamesAboyne Green, Aboyne

August 1, 2015Spokane Highland GamesSpokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, WA

August 2, 2015Montreal Highland Games Parc Arthur-Therrien in Montreal’s borough of Verdun (QC).

August 2, 2015Bridge of Allan Highland GamesBridge of Allan

TIP OF THE DAY
Do not be frightened to throw out synthetic reeds. Like everything else they have a shelf life and you can hang on to them for too long. If your drones start to become unsteady – bite the bullet.
Euan Anderson, Edinburgh