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The pipe band competition always draws a crowd at the Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo. Photo: SUPPLIED

Paeroa prepares for a piping good time

The essence of Scotland is piping its way back into Paeroa this weekend, with the return of the annual Highland Games and Tattoo.

Now in its 31st year, the Games promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears, with entertainment, competitions and activities running for a full 12 hours on February 10. This year’s event includes a larger entertainment stage and a Highland Bar. 

A three-hour evening tattoo spectacular will round off the festivities, featuring musical guests Marian Burns & McSweeney Brothers, Two Many Chiefs, and Sarah Spicer & the Blue Riders, as well as 12 pipe bands, the caber toss event, and the Farmers Walk.

Committee president Richard Hornell said they were expecting around 6000 people to descend on Paeroa Domain for the event. 

“We’ve got 270 pipers and drummers coming, [and] different people to see all over the domain,” he said. 

“We use the slogan ‘Twelve hours of family fun with a Scottish flavour’, which really sums it up.”  

The Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo, February 10, 9am-9pm at the Paeroa Domain. See for more details.