Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:19

Swift Current’s Centennial kicks off with the first of many celebrations

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“Party like it’s 1914?”

Well, maybe not quite, but the spirit of 100 years of community will be alive and well Jan. 15 as the Swift Current Arts Community will host Centennial Day at the Credit Union iplex with the doors opening at 5 p.m. along with the Honouring the Past Extravaganza starting at 6:30 p.m.
Promising to be a “once in a lifetime event” it will combine  music, acting, dancing, and video presentation as the Centennial Year celebrations begin in earnest. The entertainment and display from various community groups will depict the history of Swift Current over the last 100 years. There will also be some old-fashioned games for the youngsters to try as well.
Pat Friesen, one of the Centennial Celebrations Committee co-chairs, spoke at the City of Swift Current council meeting Jan. 6 and noted there will be a lot to see and do.
“It's a very exciting time for our city. We've spent a lot of time organizing and throwing ideas around but now we're finally going to get to see the finished product and kick off our centennial year in great style,” explained Friesen at the meeting.
She said this will be the kickoff to a whole year of celebrations, there will be two more events thereafter. “It will kick off the year and then we've got our Frontier Days Homecoming celebration, which is going to be held at the end of June and then the lights at Christmas time, which will close off the year, and there will be lots of other things happening throughout the year that will be centennial related. They won't necessarily be put on by the centennial committee but I know lots of other groups are planning some sort of activities to commemorate the centennial.”
She said there are dozens of volunteers who are helping. She said she also wants to recognize the sponsors:
“We've had some great sponsors come forward and we're really appreciative of that because we couldn't do what we're doing without their assistance, so we're very thankful to the sponsors for stepping forward.”
Friesen added there is a lot of excitement within the community about the event and about the community’s centennial in general.
“I think people are starting, now that Christmas is over and we're so close I think now people are starting to talk about it a little bit more and it's actually here,” noted Friesen. “I think we've been talking about it for two years and now finally it's happening, so I think people are starting to get excited and I think the homecoming, given that it's a four day event, will be a big event as well and people are looking forward to that and again, lots of groups that are organizing centennial related homecoming reunions and so on, so I think that will be a big time for our city as well.”

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