The Lanark Highlanders Rugby Club will be attending the Fifth Annual Lanark County Harvest Festival at Beckwith Park this Sunday, 08 September, and they’ll be bringing their official 100’ Tug of War rope with them.
“We thought we’d bring an old rural tradition back to the county fair,” says Toby Shannan, co-founder of the club. “There is a beautiful simplicity to Tug of War that captures much of the rugby spirit –teamwork, collective strength, muscular endurance – and we thought Lanark County should have a championship trophy.”
A number of groups throughout the county have been invited to take up the strain on one end of the rope and compete for the newly minted “Lanark Highlanders’ Tug of War Challenge Cup.” Competitors may enter as formed teams of eight or may come as individuals and be placed on a team. The contest will consist of best-of-three heats following Tug of War Federation of Great Britain rules. There is no charge for this event.
“This is going to be a good bit of fun,” says Shannan, who grew up near Gillies Corners. “We want folks to come out and meet us, and have a laugh, and celebrate a Lanark County community tradition. Everyone who shows up is welcome to partake and we hope they’ll stick around and cheer on our Old Boys team right after.”
The Tug of War will take place near the main stage of the County Festival at 11:30. The Highlanders’ Old Boys (35+) are hosting the Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club and will be playing an official Eastern Ontario Rugby Union match on the main field, kicking off at 1 pm. This is also a free event.
Beckwith Park is located at 1319 9th Line, Beckwith, near Carleton Place. The festival runs from 11am to 4pm followed by a church supper.