Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council hosted a celebrity day in Riverside Park on July 30. It was an opportunity for Summer Fun program participants to interact with representatives from various local organizations, including City Councillor Ron Toles, EMS, Swift Current Fire Department, local media, a prince and princess from the city’s Royal Ball and Cypress Hills-Grasslands Member of Parliament David Anderson. A game to hit a candy-filled piñata with a bat was a very popular activity among Summer Fun program participants. The visit of Swift Current firefighters in their big fire truck was also a highlight. The celebrity day was just one of many Summer Fun program activities during the period July 2 to Aug. 14. This year’s program has a record number of 25 registrants. The program provides a fun and supportive environment for participants to be involved in the community and interact with their peers. Other activities include day trips to Saskatchewan Landing, Lac Pelletier and a berry picking farm, ziplining and horseback riding at the West Bank Bible Camp, movie days, zumba dancing and yoga, and attending a Swift Current Indians baseball game.

 

The 21st annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current, July 26. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon in combination with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. There was a large turnout at the event and people lined up to enter the festival, which included a sale of books on Mennonite history and musical entertainment by Katrina, Archie and Sylvia Neufeld. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 1.

 

 

Young and old had an opportunity to see a variety of farm animals at the annual Down on the Farm event hosted by the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current, July 26. Maxine Mosiondz brought two Boer cross goats and two bantam chickens and Jan Loeppky-Mackay showed her miniature donkeys. Max and Hedi Gossweiler of Swiss Line Alpacas at Herbert attended with two alpacas. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. Hymn singing will take place in the historic church at the village on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. while there will be a line dance party on Aug. 7 and a country music jam session on Aug. 9 in the Airmen's Billet (H-Hut). The buildings and tea room at Doc's Town is open every Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until September.

 

Monster trucks made a two-night stop in Swift Current on July 24 and 25 as part of the Outlaws of Motorsports' Monsters and Mayhem tour to four cities across the prairies this summer. This was the first time in about 16 years that monster trucks made an appearance in Swift Current and the grandstand at Kinetic Exhibition Park was full on both nights. In addition to the six full-sized monsters trucks the entertainment at each show included a Tuff Trucks obstacle course competition and aerial acrobatics by two freestyle motocross riders.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted the annual senior appreciation tea party at the library on July 24 to celebrate the Senior Outreach program. The event was attended by about 60 people. Most of them are users of the library's Senior Outreach program. The tea party was also an opportunity to thank the volunteers who spend many hours every month to bring library services to seniors. Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon spoke at the start of the event and musical entertainment was provided by Joyce Olesen.

 

The sounds and smells of vintage tractors filled the air at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current on July 19 during the display and parade of antique tractors. The parade line-up included six tractors as well as a 1946 Fargo truck and two cars from the late 1960s. A variety of stationary vintage engines and other old cars were also on display in Hansen Park during the afternoon. The large Fairbanks-Morse 15 horsepower Model Z single-cylinder engine drew a lot of attention when it was started up during the afternoon. This antique stationary engine, which has been mounted on a horse-drawn wagon, dates from around 1920. It was donated to Doc's Town a few days before the event by the family of the late Bill Eichorst, who farmed north of Waldeck. He was a collector of John Deere and other old farm machines and this stationery engine was his pride and joy. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. A variety of farm animals will be in Hansen Park for Down on the Farm on July 26.

 

 

The Swift Current ACT/UCT Stingrays Summer Swim Club hosted the South Semi Finals swim meet at the Fairview Pool, July 18. The A.C.T./UCT Council of Swift Current presented a sponsorship cheque of $8,000 to the Stingrays Summer Swim Club at the start of the event. A total of 163 swimmers from eight teams competed in the event to qualify for the provincial summer swimming finals in Biggar on July 25 and 26. The 31 Swift Current swimmers had a successful event and finished in second place in the team competition with 384 points with the Estevan Golden Eels in first spot with 557 points and the Regina Piranhas in third place with 276 points.

 

It was another busy Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current on July 12 with a traditional country dance in the Airmen's Billet. The music was provided by Arnold and Friends, who entertained dancers and onlookers with a variety of old-time favourites. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village during the summer until Labour Day. Upcoming events include an antique tractor and classic car display on July 19 and the Down on the Farm event on July 26 with a variety of farm animals on display.

 

Audiences were treated to quality entertainment during the Chautauqua Festival, the annual summer theatre festival hosted by the Lyric Theatre. This year's event featured six award winning one-act plays from the Canadian fringe circuit along with appearances by local performers as opening acts during performances over four days at the Lyric Theatre from July 8 to 11. Pictures are scenes from two plays presented at the festival. Ingrid Garner's one-act play Eleanor's Story: An American girl in Hitler's Germany is an adaptation of her grandmother's autobiography about her youth in wartime Germany. Swift Current resident Joan Williamson and family members lead the audience in a sing-along of popular Second World War songs before the start of Garner's play on July 10. Theatre Howl, an independent Saskatoon-based theatre company, presented the one-act play Aiden Flynn lost his brother, so he makes another at the festival. The two-member cast of Morgan Murray (as Aidan) and Danielle Spilchen (as the brother) tell this Frankenstein inspired story of love, loss and acceptance through music, movement and shadow puppets without any dialogue.

 

 

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