The popular Embro Highland games have again been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Wednesday.
Organizers said in a statement they made the decision to cancel the 84th annual games for the second year in a row to protect the health and safety of volunteers, competitors and attendees.
“Many months of planning go into the organizing of this event and many of our participants who travel from far outside our community have already sent their regrets for this summer,” members of the organizing Zorra Caledonian Society said in the statement.
The Zorra Caledonian Society has been holding the games since 1937. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the games had been cancelled just once, during the Second World War in 1942.
Organizers said they are planning for virtual or physically distanced events on July 1 as public-health restrictions allow, as well as other events throughout the year. There are plans for a virtual pipes and drums performance on July 1, for example, with more announcements to come via social media, organizers said.
“Looking forward to the future, we are anxious to see everyone again in July 2022 when we can once again reunite with friends and clans on the grounds of the Embro Highland Games,” organizers wrote. “Until then, stay safe and healthy”