It’s hard to believe I was the person that discovered these mythical little creatures eight years ago. Until then, people didn’t Haggis Hunt at the BC Highland Games. Until then, we didn’t have kids running around Percy Perry Stadium searching for these wild, wee animals. Until then, I didn’t spend my day surrounded by Haggis Wranglers.
Who knows how I conjured up the hunt? Like so many thoughts, you can only feel blessed when your mind comes up with this kind of idea. I was thrilled that Angus MacPherson and his team, approved the concept.
The Haggis Hunt was born!
I was even luckier that a long drawn out search and a trip to Seattle led me to K-Mart. Apparently that’s where most of the Haggis lived back then. (Insert big wink here)
The Haggis Hunt debuted on June 27, 2009.
Since then we’ve been making lots of children very, very happy.
We even had a TV star, Brendan Meyer, join the Hunt one year!
Then last year, Nic Brand of Men In Kilts stepped up to sponsor the Hunt.
We decided to make searching for Haggis even better and Men In Kilts made that happen!
Now it’s time to pass the torch.
Yes, all my friends and clients and acquaintances and neighbours and even random people on the street will be happy they won’t hear me endlessly talking about the wee Haggis for the entire month leading up to the Games. Everyone will be happy I won’t beg them to come and volunteer for the day.
And I’ll be happy because the Hunt will continue with the Men In Kilts as the official Haggis Wranglers.
Of course I will still be there every year. How could I not?
The look on those children’s faces when they spot a Haggis, find enough to fill their stamp page, and then receive their official pin is fantastic.
The joy of knowing the hunt is in good hands and will carry on? Relief.
The joy of awarding the winner a wee Haggis each year? Priceless.
The joy of having one of these little guys forever by my side? Beyond words.
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