Scottish Highland Festival

The 143rd Scottish Highland Festival at Castle Hill Showground was a hit with Hills locals on Sunday as 1500 people poured through the turnstiles at to see the Celtic extravaganza.

A vintage car display got the day underway at 11am with traditional strong man contests and Highland Dancing Championships following on soon after.

The crowd was then treated to a haggis throw contest and a noisy display from the colourful marching bagpipe bands.

President of the combined Scottish NSW society, George Milton, said the event was a huge success with numbers up from last year.

"Advertising went really well this year and we were blessed with fantastic weather," Mr Milton said.

"Everyone got involved with all the activities and everyone had a great day."

In the vintage car display John De Brincit took out the major prize with his 1932 Chevrolet Coupe.

Mr Milton said plans for next year's event were still up in the air as festival organisers await to see how the North West Rail Link construction will affect the Showground venue.

"We haven't got any plans to relocate but we could lose some of the staging areas when the construction begins," Mr Milton said.

"Long-term though it will hugely improve our patronage as the future Showground station will make  make the event easily accessible for more people."

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