The annual soapbox derby has been a popular Father's Day activity in Swift Current for the past 30 years, but this year's event was rained out and rescheduled to July 21. There were a total of 24 participants, with 13 junior and 11 senior racers. Below are the race results.

Junior A: 1st Kara Johner; 2nd Austin Calkins; 3rd Kiern Fielding; 4th William Prescesky.

Junior B: 1st Keegan Byers; 2nd Hannah Amundson; 3rd Keith Adam; 4th Nathan Byers.

Senior A: 1st Amisha Hockridge; 2nd Tristan Byers; 3rd Allison Fleck; 4th Krishin Hockridge.

Senior B: 1st Quenton Bucheler; 2nd Cole Wiebe; 3rd Justin Fehr; 4th Gaige Calkins.

 

Dirt racing fans finally got to see some action again in Swift Current after last month’s race was rained out. Rain also played a role this weekend, as the Saturday night race had to be rescheduled to Sunday afternoon, June 14. But the previous day’s rain helped to create a smooth looking track. This race was fan appreciation day and racing drivers were on hand during intermission to serve treats to fans in the stand. The racers also provided good entertainment on the track with close racing by the trucks, hobby stocks and street stocks. The winners of the feature races were:

Trucks – 1st #17 Chris Daniel (for Jenn Schultz), 2nd #03 Coty Smith, 3rd #01 Stuart Johnson, 4th #13 Rene Panasiuk.

Hobby stocks – 1st #11T Tyson Crowe, 2nd #24 Murray Koethler, 3rd #5 Destiny Klym, 4th #7 Carson Crowe.

Street stocks – 1st #5K Stefan Klym, 2nd #23 Troy Hunter, 3rd #86 Bradley Kehler, 4th #41 Cole Wall.

 

Saturday, 29 June 2013 13:36

Frontier Days 2013 Parade, June 29

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Acclaimed authors and committed conservationists Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson highlighted concerns over the future of 62 former PFRA community pastures and the importance of preserving Canada's prairie grasslands during a four-day tour of southwest Saskatchewan, June 24-27. Their visits to community pastures and the Grasslands National Park was arranged by Nature Canada and Public Pastures - Public Interest (PPPI), a citizen-based organization devoted to maintaining Saskatchewan's public grasslands as healthy prairie ecosystems and working landscapes. Atwood and Gibson attended an informal come-and-go reception in Val Marie on June 26, where they were joined by PPPI's Trevor Herriot, Nature Canada's Ian Davidson and Guyra Paraguay's Alberto Yanosky to talk about their trip. On June 27 the group visited the Swift Current-Webb Community Pasture before departing to Regina for the Prairie Passages fundraising dinner for grasslands education and research. For more detail about the tour, visit the PPPI website.  

National Aboriginal Day was celebrated at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on June 21, 2013. The event took place at Goodwin House, the location of a historic crossing on the South Saskatchewan River. The guest speakers were Métis elder Cecile Blanke from Swift Current, Saskatchewan Landing Park Supervisor Sheldon Kowalchuk and Wayne McKenzie of Regina. Scott Duffee from Saskatoon played on his fiddle and danced a traditional Red River jig.

 

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