JayDee AgTech celebrated its new 100,000 square feet facility in Swift Current with an open house and grand opening on March 2. The new dealership facility is located on a 28 acres site next to the TransCanada Highway in the R.M. of Swift Current. It represents an investment of $15 million with spacious showroom, storage and service facilities and a 90-plus seat lecture theatre that will be used to provide optimization clinics to clients. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a number of speakers and presentations. Plaque presentations were made by R.M. of Swift Current Reeve Bob Neufeld and City of Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. Keynote speakers were JayDee AgTech CEO and General Manager Duane Smith and Jim Pattison, the chairman and CEO of the Jim Pattison Group, which acquired JayDee AgTech in May 2014.


Toronto Argonauts football legend and Canadian Football Hall of Fame member Michael “Pinball” Clemons was the guest speaker at the 2015 Field of Dreams sports dinner hosted by the Swift Current Indians baseball club at the Legion Hall, Feb. 28. Clemons delivered an inspiring keynote speech that touched on his career as a player and coach as well as his public appearances as a motivational speaker. He noted that people who achieve more are bigger than their circumstances and he challenged the audience to “learn to cheer for people in life.” A capacity crowd attended the event, which has been held for the past 16 years to raise funds for the baseball club. There was a silent auction and auctioneer Skip Neufeld conducted a live auction.


Soil scientists were on hand to answer questions from people at the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) open house in Swift Current, Feb. 28. The event took place to celebrate the International Year of the Soils and coincided with the March 1 birthdate of Russian geologist Vasily Dokuchaev, who is considered to be the father of soil science. The displays and hands-on activities gave visitors an opportunity to learn about soil zones, the biological, chemical and physical aspects of soil, and how soils have an impact on people, their food supply and their environment.


The third annual Carhartts & Caviar welding showcase and auction took place at the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College, Feb. 26. The live auction featured 11 unique metal art pieces by welding students, including a Saskatchewan Roughriders trophy piece created with input from Roughrider player Taj Smith. This item fetched the highest price of $3,200 at the auction. The theme of this year's event, Art from around the World, included a replica of the Eiffel Tower, an oriental artwork and an Egyptian artwork. The Eiffel Tower fetched the second highest price of $2,600 during the live auction. Auctioneer Gordie Cameron was joined on the stage by Great Plains College welding student Andrew Meyer, who was the guest auctioneer. A total amount of $18,168 was raised through the auction and ticket sales. The funds raised by the event for the welding scholarship program will be matched by the provincial government's Innovation and Opportunity Fund.


Award-winning blues piano player David Vest and his band performed on the opening night of the Blenders StirCrazy Blues Festival at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 26. His latest album Roadhouse Revelation was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. Vest was already playing paid gigs when he was 14 years old and at the age of 19 he opened for Roy Orbison on a New Year’s Day concert in 1962. The other talented performers at this year’s StirCrazy Blues Festival were the Nikki Hill Band on Feb. 27 and the JW Jones Band on Feb. 28. The next performance in the popular Blenders concert series at the Lyric Theatre will be on March 28 with the four-piece acoustic ensemble The Dead South from Regina in association with Swift Current songwriter and musician Colter Wall.


The First United Church gym in Swift Current was a hive of activity on Feb. 25 when the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts hosted their annual Lord Baden-Powell celebrations, which also served as a Bring-a-Friend event to introduce non-scouting friends to their activities. The event started with a presentation about the Lord Robert Baden-Powell. The scouts and their friends were able to learn more about making rockets, there were obstacle and speed track races with handmade race cars, a quiz game, crafts and a board game. Scout and Guide organizations across the world have celebrations every year to commemorate the Feb. 22 birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement. The Group 2 Scouts will host their annual Kub Kar and Beaver Buggy rally at the Swift Current Mall on March 7.


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