Daylesford will see hordes of Scottish bands and dancers descend on the town for the 67th year of the annual Highland Gathering in December.
Founded by Dan McKinnon as a way to highlight the abundant Scottish culture in the region, the event has built from humble beginnings to the exciting event it is today.
President John McColl said the gathering had grown to include more than 30 bands in earlier years but some of these bands had since amalgamated.
“This year there will be 14 bands and two dance groups,” he said.
An opportunity to immerse oneself in Scottish food and culture, pipers, drummers and dancers will perform throughout the day, culminating in a spectacular massed bands performance in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, pipers will compete in a popular hit music parade contest.
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Another exciting draw card will be the clans tents, where visitors are able to look up their own Scottish heritage and purchase clan tartan.
“If you have Scottish heritage, they will find where you come from,” Mr McColl said.
The Highland Gathering, on December 1, will begin with a street parade from 9.30am on Vincent Street, followed by a full calendar of events at Victoria Park. The event will still take place if it rains.
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