Brigadoon magic in Bundanoon today

The green fields of Brigadoon will be revealed when the fog lifts in the Highlands today.
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The Scottish Highlands will be brought to life in a small local village for the 38th Annual Highland Gathering known as ‘Bundanoon is Brigadoon’.

Pipe bands, games, clans and dancing will be among the festivities, which will go ahead in all their kilted glory whether the day brings rain, hail or shine.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering vice president and publicity officer Alaistair Saunders said although he hoped for good weather, “the skin is waterproof, it’s only the clothes that get wet”.

“With any luck the gods will be kind to us and the sun will shine down.”

As with many events in the Southern Highlands, the volunteer power behind Brigadoon was the single reason the gathering will take place this year.

“Without the volunteers, Brigadoon wouldn’t happen – that’s just a fact of life,” Alaistair said.

“Having said that, if it wasn’t for the volunteer committee who put in all the extra hours and conscientious commitment then the volunteers would have nothing to do.”

“It really is a team effort.”

The well-known and well-loved events including egg throwing, shot put, water toss, the kilted dash and ‘brigaball’ will return, along with a selection of special events for 2015.

As this year marks 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign, a Centenary of Anzac Display will take place at 12.15pm dedicated to the honour and memory of the Anzacs to acknowledge the sacrifice made by all service men, women and their families.

The Ingleburn RSL Club along with Campbelltown Community Pipes and Drums will present the display, along with lone piper Dr Stephen Ross from the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band.

Dr Stephen Ross will perform a tune he composed especially for the event, called ‘Brigadoon Remembers 100 Years’.

“In many ways it is a ‘new look’ Brigadoon,” Alaistair said.

“We have three new musical acts, a new heavy event from the Tartan Warriors and there’s plenty for the kids to do.”

The new music acts include Pumpkin Juice, a Celtic fiddle group from Newcastle and Lavoz, a ladies drumming group comprised of women aged between 40 and 80.

“It is a family friendly day out, there are 100 and something stalls covering everything you could imagine.

“Food is no problem and if you happen to have a Scottish heritage in your family we have the Clan Site set up so you can trace what clan you belong to.”

The cost for admission to the Brigadoon event is $20 for an adult, $10 for a child, $18 for aged pension card holders and $50 for a family (two adults, two children). Admission can be purchased at all entry gates.

To pre-book call 1300 657 559 or purchase your badge at the gate.

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