Thousands participated in the New Brunswick Highland Games festival this weekend at Fredericton’s Old Government House. The games combine traditional highland competitions with Scottish Festival activities. The celebration of Scottish culture drew competitors and performers from across the atlantic provinces and the Eastern Seaboard. The annual event, which has taken place in the capital region since 1981, started off with a march to City Hall and a flag raising ceremony. This year’s games featured piping, drumming, dance and traditional athletic competitions. were given in Medieval Celtic life, Irish drumming, whiskey tasting, and Scottish dancing. Will Toner, Stacy Read, and Colette Chevrie drew large crowds at Friday night’s Ceilidh. The games featured several attractions for children including “Light Events”, a kid’s sized version of the traditional heavy events and performances by Perley the Magician and storyteller, Joan Meade.