Sham Fight to get cultural field

This year's annual sham fight at Scarva will offer an added cultural experience for visitors. Pictured with highland dancers ahead of  the flagship event are Sandy Heak, chairman of the Royal 13th organising committee (centre), King William (second from left) and King James. INBL scarva
This year's annual sham fight at Scarva will offer an added cultural experience for visitors. Pictured with highland dancers ahead of the flagship event are Sandy Heak, chairman of the Royal 13th organising committee (centre), King William (second from left) and King James. INBL scarva

Next month’s annual Sham fight at Scarva is set to offer an enhanced cultural experience, the organisers have revealed.

Regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s largest one day events, the Royal Black Institution’s flagship demonstration on July 13 will this year also incorporate Lambeg workshops and highland dancing, among other activities.

A new cultural field will cater for the huge crowds expected to converge on the beautiful village for the annual clash between King William and King James.

Chairman of the Royal 13th organising committee, Sandy Heak, said: “The sham fight is firmly established on the summer calendar and is the only event of its kind on these islands.

“We know people keep coming back every year to sample the unique and family friendly atmosphere.

“We are delighted to introduce the concept of a cultural field for the first time with the hope of further expansion.

“This additional facility will showcase the cultural heritage of Northern Ireland with visitors able to enjoy Lambeg workshops and highland dancing performances, among other activities and entertainment.

“We believe such a cultural experience will not only enhance our annual celebrations, but also create greater understanding of the traditions of the Loyal Order fraternity.”

Upwards of 100,000 people are expected in Scarva for the annual sham fight next month.

The main event at the Demesne will be preceded by a large parade, with up to 90 preceptories and as many bands taking part in the procession through the village.