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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:33

Swift Current Ag and Ex saddling up for a great ride entertainment-wise

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The Swift Current Ag and Ex are telling southwest Saskatchewan and beyond to “Saddle Up for the Ride of the Century.”



From June 26-29, the Ag and Ex will be hosting Frontier Days for the 76th time and during Swift Current’s century celebration there will be some high-end entertainment coming to southwest Saskatchewan.
Country performers and rock and roll will make up the 76th edition of the Frontier Days/Homecoming Grandstand night shows. Robertson Implements presents Hunter Brothers and Emerson Drive June 26. The City of Swift Current and the Swift Current Ag and Ex on June 28 offer Black Jack Billy with Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy, and Sunday, June 29 Nick Gilder & Sweeny Todd with Kenny Shields and Streetheart.
SIGA / Centennial Cabarets will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Lenora Bells, the event development co-ordinator of the Swift Current Agriculture and Exhibition Association couldn’t be happier.
“Yee haw. What an exciting event we have coming  to the Southwest,” says Bells. “Frontier Days/ Homecoming — this is a special year 76 years of Frontier Days, and 100 years Centennial for the City of Swift Current. The  line-up of the finest grandstand entertainment is fantastic. There is something for the whole family.
“The Ag and Ex worked extensively on researching groups, and basically started looking at possibilities beginning last summer. This search  intensified throughout January until contracts were signed. I know the Ag and Ex General Manager Tracey Stevenson, the Ag and Ex board of directors, along with the Centennial Committee, checked out interests, tours and costs and budget, and then the line-up is set.”
Everything starts with the Kick-off Western style Burning of the Frontier Days Brand and pancake breakfast, the Kiddies Day Parade, ‘Celebrate the Past/ Present/Future’ Saturday Parade, enjoy the thrills of the rides, observe the 4-H club members and the finest cattle at the barns, visit the equine events that hosts the premium of southwest cowboys participating in the Ranch Horse competitions, witness the thrills and spills of the always electrifying CCA Rodeo, the hospitality at the Frontier Days Saloon, SIGA / Centennial Cabaret entertainment, Doc’s Town, the Blacksmith shop, and Big Bang Fireworks.
Bells explains the entertainment and the fun is all organized. Bringing in outside entertainment is a long process which includes listening to the public’s opinion which they do on a regular basis.
“The Ag & Ex encourages suggestions — requests are always welcome. It is great to hear what the community would be interested in having as part of the Grandstand Entertainment,” explains Bells. “Schedules are a consideration and of course we have to be within budget guidelines. We try to find entertainment that appeals to a variety of age groups and the different genres, from country to rock and beyond.”
The Swift Current Ag and Ex will be offering a Frontier Days Platinum Package which includes gate admission for all four days, admission to all three concerts and admission to all the Rodeos (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoons). This package will be available at a special 76th Frontier Days and Swift Current Centennial Anniversary price of $100. Tickets go on sale April 12 at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Stockade Building, Kinetic Park during the Poultry and Exotic Animal Sale. (Regular price after April 12 will be $125). This promotion must be bought in person. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at this special discounted price. If you attended all four days, the total cost would be $155.
Individual tickets will also be on sale April 12. Buy early and save $15 /concert on individual POP Pass Tickets: Thursday, June 26: $30 includes Grandstand concert and gate admission; Friday, June 27: gate is $5 and CCA Rodeo $10; Saturday June 28: $60 includes gate admission, CCA Rodeo, and Grandstand concert; Sunday June 29th: $40 includes gate admission, CCA Rodeo, and Grandstand concert. Ages 10 and under is free. Tickets may also be purchased by phoning the Ag & Ex office at 306-773-2944; at Pharmasave, or Robertson Implements.
(With files from Ryan Dahlman)

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