By Barb McKay
This year’s Gathering of the Bands was one of most successful in its 22-year history, according to the event’s organizer.
Norm Annetts told The Independent Monday that he is thrilled with how well the event went from start to finish.
“It was one of the biggest crowds we have ever had,” he said, estimating that more than 2,500 came out to Victoria Park in the afternoon and many more attended the mass pipe band parade in the evening. “It was a great day. I think it was really successful.”
The Gathering of the Bands is a fundraising event for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band and Annetts is hopeful, given the turnout, that it raised at least a couple thousand dollars for the band. In the park, hot dogs and corn were sold all afternoon until supplies were depleted by Annetts said volunteers served up 4,000 hotdogs and 260 dozen cobs of fresh corn to hungry crowds.
“It was busy all day with people coming and going,” he said. “We pretty much sold everything out.”
Annetts said the event receives plenty of community support from local businesses, the Kincardine Legion and the
“It takes a lot of volunteers to put it on.”
The event featured a steady stream of entertainment through the afternoon from the Kincardine Community Concert Band, the Teeswater Highlanders, Goderich Celtic Blue Highlanders, Cambridge Pipe Band, Penetangore Pipe Band and The Pleats. A highlight of the afternoon was a performance by the Toronto All-Star Big Band, which is celebrating 20 years this year. In honour of the anniversary, the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band presented the band with pipe band t-shirts, which members donned during their performance. Annetts said the big band has committed to returning next year.
Thousands of spectators lined