Good kilt-wearing weather is needed in Waimate this weekend
to boost the number of people willing to ''toss the caber''
at the annual Waimate Caledonian Games.
The games return to the town for the 137th year tomorrow, but
because the number of people taking part would only be known
on the day, games secretary treasurer Winnie Todd said the
event was reliant on good weather.
However, Mrs Todd said 100 entries had already been received
for the Highland dancing events.
She said she expected Waimate residents to get into the
spirit of the games as a way of recognising the town's
''There will be lots of kilts around.
''A lot of Scottish people came out and settled out here way
back in those years, and it's still got its pipe band ... and
Highland dancing is very strong.''
There would be cycling and speed skating events, and
traditional Highland sports would be well catered for.
''We've got caber tossing and heavy-ball throwing. We used to
have a hammer throw as well, but we had to delete that
because of the safety factor.''
The games start at 10am tomorrow at Victoria Park.