Fergus, Canada Scottish Highland Games, MacAlpine Bag Pipe & Drum Band of Canada
Hosting a Clan Tent
Thanks to all who have expressed an interest in hosting a Clan Tent. Here is information for you to help you with what is needed to host a tent at Highland games.
The Society will provide a start up kit and pay the festival fees for the first year. If you plan on hosting the following year, or at other games, hold on to the kit, if you are looking at a one time use, we ask that you return the kit.
Many games require you to bring your own popup tent, while others require the use of their tents. Most games in- clude a table and chairs. Details of what specific games provide are available on the games website, along with tent sponsor applications.
Here is a list of what you will find in the Clan MacAlpine Society startup kit:
■ MacAlpine banner
■ MacAlpine poster
■ Informational trifolds
■ Copies of last two newsletters
■ Sign in sheets
■ Boars head stamp
■ Copies of Clan Encyclopedia ■ Nametags
In addition to what the society provides, you will need the following:
■ PVC pipes or other poles to hold banner above tent
■ Assorted bungies to hold pvc pipes or other poles to tent poles as in pictures above
■ Zip Ties
■ Table Cloth
■ Netting to hold pictures at side of tent ■ Duct Tape
■ Side-Cutter to remove zip ties ■ Table Decorations
■ Fasteners to hold pictures
Each host will have their own ideas about other items they will want at their tent to make it welcoming to visitors. Some of those items may include:
■ An ice chest with ice
■ Bottles of water
■ Plastic cups
■ Shortbread or a butterscotch candy ■ A bottle of scotch (where allowed) ■ Small plastic cups for the scotch
Some tent hosts like to add a game for the children, so we created the MacAlpine Sheep Game which is down- loadable from our website. The game consists of lost sheep, that can be distributed to other clan tents, along with a scorecard to be signed by the tents where the lost sheep are located. Upon completion of the scorecard, the child can return to the MacAlpine tent for a treat. If you add the game, remember the treats.
Hosting a tent is a great experience and you have the opportunity of getting to meet and introduce fellow MacAlpines to the Society as well as get acquainted with others who share your Scottish heritage. Let us know if you have an interest in hosting a tent at a Highland games event in your area.