Students from across southwest Saskatchewan learned more about the important role of farmers in the province to provide the food that students and their families will eat every day during the Food Farm event at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, June 6 and 7. A total of 160 students from six communities attended sessions during the two days. There were students from Cabri, Gull Lake, Kyle, Success, Swift Current and Waldeck. They learned in an interactive and hands-on way from industry experts about where the ingredients come from for familiar foods such as pizza, burgers, and fries. They planted seeds in a plot and they will return in the fall to harvest their crops. This two-part educational program takes place through a partnership between Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre.


The 29th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 4 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's annual Picnic in the Park. The community showed great support for the duck derby and 1,557 plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. This was double the number of ducks sold for last year's event. This year's duck derby also included a 50/50 raffle and the total proceeds were $12,857.50. This is three times the amount raised at last year's event. The funds will be used 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.


A large number of families enjoyed a relaxed afternoon at Innovation Credit Union's 36th annual Picnic in the Park at Riverside Park in Swift Current, June 4. The event included food and refreshments, a variety of displays and booths, face painting, children's games and stage entertainment.


The activities during Swift Current's inaugural Pride Week concluded with a Pride dance at the Lyric Theatre, June 3. Southwest Saskatchewan Pride has been hosting an annual event in the city for a number of years to highlight gender and sexual diversity, but this year's event had additional significance as a celebration of achieving a new milestone with the community's first Pride Week. The evening's entertainment included performances by local musicians and a drag show.

A variety of activities took place during Swift Current’s inaugural Pride Week from May 29 to June 3. The event was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride to celebrate the community’s diversity. On June 3 a family barbecue and Pride march took place at Market Square. Participants enjoyed live music and visited the different vendor stalls, there were free activities for children, and speeches by a number of dignitaries before the start of the Pride march.


The Western Major Baseball League's 2017 season got underway on June 1. The Swift Current 57's will not only be defending their 2016 championship title, but the team will be doing it while playing in their new colours and under a new name. The Swift Current 57's recognized Swift Current athletes who captured provincial or league titles during the past year during a pre-game ceremony at the Night of Champions season opener, June 1. The 57's had a solid start by winning all three home games. They opened the season with a 3-2 win against the Moose Jaw Miller Express. Returning pitcher Bobby St. Pierre gave the home team the win with five strikeouts, two hits and one unearned run over six innings. The 57's also won two games against the Melville Millionaires. Another solid pitching effort resulted in a 4-1 win for the Swift Current team on June 3, and the 57's batters exploded in the June 4 game to defeat the visitors 13-1, with Blake Adams responsible for five RBI's.



The inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current started with a flag raising ceremony that was attended by Saskatchewan's Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield. The well attended ceremony on Market Square took place at noon on May 29. A number of speakers addressed the crowd. Swift Current Pride Week was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride. As part of this inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current the first permanent rainbow crosswalk in Saskatchewan has been installed on the 200 block of Central Avenue North in the city’s downtown. A variety of Pride Week activities are scheduled during the week. Some of the main events will take place on June 3. There will be a family barbecue at Market Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inaugural Swift Current Price march will start at Market Square at noon. The week’s activities will conclude that evening with the Lyric Theatre’s annual Pride dance, starting at 8 p.m. More details about the Pride Week events are available on the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride website at


The 2017 Southwest Soccerfest took place in Swift Current from May 26-28. The tournament was hosted by the Swift Current United Soccer Club (SCUSC) and the Swift Current Soccer Association. It was attended by 32 teams, including 11 local teams. They played in eight divisions from U-10 to U-16. The U10 boys SCUSC Strikers finished in first spot in the four-team round robin, but lost 1-0 to the Queen City Black team in the final. The SCUSC U10 girls won their division against teams from Regina and Weyburn. In the U12 girls division the SCUSC White team placed second out of five teams with three wins. The SCUSC Lightning advanced to the final in the U12 boys division, but lost 4-0 against the Medicine Hat Barca. The three teams in the U16 boys division each finished with two wins and two losses, but the SCUSC team placed third based on the scoring formula. The SCUSC U16 girls won gold and remained undefeated in their three-team division after four matches against teams from Moose Jaw and Regina.


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