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Swift Current Frontier Days to revive old tradition, looking for centennial Ambassador

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Frontier Days Ag & Ex Association and the City of Swift Current are searching for a Frontier Days, Centennial Year Ambassador. Applications are now being accepted for female and male contestants from the ages of 16 – 21. The crowning of the Frontier Ambassador will be made at a special wine and cheese reception on June 7 at the Palliser Building, Kinetic Exhibition Park. 


Ambassador History of Swift Current Frontier Days

Plans are developing for a Frontier Days Ambassador contest for Swift Current’s Centennial Celebration year and Frontier Days 2014 – a resurgence of a program from back when Frontier Days first began!

The greatest honour which can be attained by any girl in the Southwest Saskatchewan was that of being crowned queen of the Rodeo on July 1 during Frontier Days. In 1937 Sybil Empey of Elrose was the first queen of the July 1 celebration. She was introduced at the beginning of the rodeo. 

The next year, the first edition of Frontier Days was ruled over by Queen Margaret Rutherford of Swift Current, the Kiwanis club entry followed by Jean Young in 1938 and May Taylor in 1939. At this time, the contestants sold tickets with part of the proceeds going towards the organization that sponsored them for their favourite cause. 

In 1942 ten girls throughout the city and district were competing for the honour of being Queen of the Rodeo. They were costumed in brilliant cowgirl outfit and made a colourful entry for the parade. Miss “Frontier Days” was the centre of attraction and thousands of people cheered her on as the parade rolls by. The Queen took part in the official opening ceremonies before 8000 people and the cowboy contestants gave her a hand and officially welcomed her as their representative. Contestants were from Kyle, Cabri, Aggey, Rosetown, Morse and the city of Swift Current.

Fast forward to 2014, Swift Current celebrates 100 years.  Frontier Days Swift Current Ag & Ex invites applications for an Ambassador to share the city’s rich western heritage and represent the organization at various functions. The competition judging activities include: two fashion shows on May 10 and 24, a showcase of talent in May, and the official crowning on Sat. June 7 at  Kinetic Exhibition Park, Palliser Pavilion.  

Applications are now being accepted and are available from the Swift Current Ag & Ex office at Kinetic Exhibition Park or call 306-773-2944 or visit the Ag & Ex website. The deadline to submit is April 4, 2014.

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