A bumper crowd of 10,000 plus attended the festivities at Bught Park which saw the popular TruckNess event relocated from Dores to join the Inverness Highland Games and Inverness Gala for a special one off visit.

The weekend started and finished with two unforgettable record breaking moments. The festivities got underway with performances by the Inverness Military Wives and University of Leuven Belgian Choirs and the induction into the Inverness Highland Games Hall of Fame of Games Chairman Angus Dick and Games Scorer John Findlayson.

This was followed by presentation of the Provost’s Medal to Inverness Harrier Paul Davidson to mark his success in the International Neurological Athletic Association of Sports European Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

The records then started to fall as the crowd enjoyed the biggest Mass Highland Fling to date as hundreds of delighted spectators ran on to the field to perform for Games Chieftain Provost Helen Carmichael.

After witnessing 120 competitors in the Games Highland Dancing Competitions showing them how it should be done; the laughter from the field and packed grandstand told you everything you needed to know about their enthusiastic efforts.

After an exciting day of fiercely contested competition in the main stadium Sinclair Patience was crowned Champion Heavy after winning the weight over the bar, Scots Hammer and Inverness Stone; before completing the Inverness Stonemason’s Stone Challenge to end his day.

Third time visitor Brad Goldsmith of Virginia USA failed on his first attempt at the Stonemason’s stone becoming only the 6th man in the modern era to complete the daunting 252lb Challenge to the delight of the crowd. Brad also won the Tossing the Caber event while Jamie Gunn from Caithness emerged victorious in the Weight For Distance.

Amongst the many additional attractions on offer over the weekend were a fly past by the Coastguard’s helicopter, a Veterans Parade, a Wheelbarrow Grand Prix, an Armed Forces Village, a Shinty Sixes competition and a Boxing Tournament.

The packed programme of activities was the biggest package of entertainment that the Highland Council has ever organised on a single weekend and passed off as planned without incident much to everyone's delight.

Roll on next year

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Our 2016 Inverness Summer Festival Supplement will appear on June 29th.

You are going to love discovering the wide range of great events we have planned for you and your family to enjoy!

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Beer Festival Dates announced 

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Looking ahead - Diary Dates 
Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

First of all thanks for all the wonderful messages of support which you sent in following our 2015 Hogmanay Show The Red Hot Highland Fling. Don't forget you can let us know what you thought of the show by tweeting #irhhf

Below you will find our updated list of 2016 events; and don't forget to visit our Events Listings Page where you will find the latest details in the What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.

Inverness BID Easter Egg Hunt 24-25 March
Firewalk 7 May
Inverness Classic Vehicle Show 14 May
Charleston Community Centre Gala 4 June
Balloch Gala 4 June
Rod Stewart Concert (ICTFC) 18 June
Inverness Jazz Festival 5-8 July
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Golf 7–10 July
Bunkers Festival 7-9 July
River Ness Beer Festival 15-23rd july
Inverness Highland Games 16 July
Eve of Gala Concert 16 July
Inverness Gala 17 July
Inverness Wheelbarrow Grand Prix 17 July
Inverness Gala Shinty Sixes 17 July
Black Isle Show 3-4 August
Belladrum 4-6 August
Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy 5-6 August
Croy Carties Race 14 August
Groove Loch Ness 20 August
Glenurquhart Highland Games 27 August
Highlands & Islands Transport Show 27 August
Northern Meeting Piping Competitions 1-2 September
Highland Military Tattoo 9th-11 September
Kirking of the Council 11 September
Inverness Street Festival 13-15 October
Halloween 29-30 Oct
Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display 5 November
Christmas Lights Parade 20 Nov
Ding Dong Merrily Old High 20 Nov
Winter Wonderland 16,17 & 18 December
Red Hot Highland Fling 31 December

For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) 01463 785006

NEWFLASH - Have a look at this wonderful video which has been produced by the City Marketing Group. Nice job folks - we love it!

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We are delighted to announce that TruckNess is moving from Dores to become part of the Inverness Highland Games and Gala Weekend at Bught Park on 16-17 July.
Entries are now being accepted from Truckers wishing to display at this event which will be located on Bught Road on Inverness Highland Games Day Saturday 16th July (all day) and on the morning of Inverness Gala Sunday 17th July. The trucks will be depart at 12:00 in order to make way for the first running of the Inverness Wheelbarrow Grand Prix.

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Cartie Racing is coming to Croy on 14 August

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