Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Wednesday, 08 June 2016 17:32

Duck Derby in Swift Current, June 5, 2016

The 28th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 5 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's 35th annual Picnic in the Park. Almost 1,000 plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. The event raised $4,140 to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including the safe shelter, crisis line, outreach programs for women, men, children, youth, families and couples, as well as violence prevention education and second-stage housing.

Southwest Saskatchewan Pride in association with the Lyric Theatre hosted Pride 2016 on June 4 to celebrate gender and sexual diversity in the community. The event was attended by representatives from Moose Jaw Pride and Saskatoon Pride as well as OUTSaskatoon, an organization that provides peer support and outreach services to people of all gender identities. This was the fifth annual Pride event in Swift Current. Local musicians Dakota and Desiree Leonard performed three songs during the opening act for the Pride 2016 celebration. The evening’s entertainment included a drag show extravaganza with five performers from Regina.


Dirt racers were back on the track at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current on June 4 for the Speedy Creek Racing Association’s (SCRA) second race day of the season. Racing was competitive in all three classes with different winners in the heat races. The feature race winners were Kelly Baumann (Boston Pizza Modifieds), Stefan Klym (Innovation Credit Union Street Stocks) and Kevin Prestie (NAPA Auto Parts Hobby Stocks).  The SCRA hosted Kids Day at this race and children had an opportunity to see the vehicles up close and receive treats from drivers during intermission. The next race weekend will be June 17 and 18, when racing starts at 7 p.m. An added attraction will be the return of the very fast and spectacular Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models on both nights.


A celebration of the completion of the new long-term care facility in Swift Current, called The Meadows, took place on June 3. The event was attended by dignitaries from the provincial government, SaskBuilds, the Plenary Group and the Cypress Health Region. The event included a video presentation of the construction phase, speeches and a tour of the facility. Speakers at the event were Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall, Cypress Health CEO Beth Vachon, two long-term care staff members Rhonda Coenen and Dawn Dyck, long-term care resident Sharon Sletten, and Plenary Group CEO Mike Marasco.


The Saskatoon bluegrass band In With The Old visited southwest Saskatchewan last week as part of the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Society's Youth Bluegrass Engagement Tour. The three-member band visited Gull Lake, Swift Current, Val Marie and Wymark for public performances and school workshops on June 2 and 3 before concluding the tour in Nipawin on June 4. They were accompanied by Swift Current musician Eliza Doyle during the tour. Pictured are band members Kasia Thorlakson (mandolin), Ellen Froese-Kooijenga (guitar) and Jaxon Lalonde (banjo/upright bass) in concert with Eliza Doyle at the Swift Current Branch Library, June 2.


The Swift Current Indians baseball team started the 2016 season on a high note by winning both games against the Moose Jaw Miller Express. The Indians travelled to Moose Jaw on May 28 and scored an 8-0 victory. The Swift Current team played their home opener the following day and recorded another emphatic 10-2 win. Winning pitcher Luke Wiechec kept the Moose Jaw team scoreless for six innings. The Indians had a 10-0 lead after seven innings and the Miller Express only scored a single run in each of the final two innings. Indians right fielder Brett Brittany was the leading batter with three runs and three RBIs. The Indians will play four games in Melville and Yorkton before their next home game against Moose Jaw on June 5, starting at 7:05 p.m.


The 20th annual Southwest Soccerfest took place in Swift Current from May 27-29. The tournament was hosted by the Swift Current United Soccer Club (SCUSC) and the Swift Current Soccer Association. It was attended by 37 teams, including 14 local teams. They played in nine divisions from U-10 to U-18. SCUSC teams were very competitive and the local club ended the tournament with four gold medals and six silver medals.


Wet weather almost ruined the start of the drag racing season in Swift Current on May 28, when no racing could take place. However, the next day provided perfect, sunny weather for a full day of competition at the airport landing strip. The Swift Current Drag Racing Association will be hosting two more racing weekends this season. The next event will provide a lot of entertainment and action, starting with a fun night on July 15 that is open to people who want to use their daily vehicles to try out drag racing. In addition to the regular racing on July 16 and 17, the Saskatchewan Fastest Streetcar Shootout will take place on July 16.

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