Every Saturday throughout the summer the popular Market Square in Swift Current attracts a lot of people to the downtown area. There is always an interesting mix of live music entertainment on the main stage, and on July 14 people were treated to a performance by the Celtic folk duo A New Ground from Kitchener, Ontario. Claryssa Webb on fiddle and vocals, and Ryan Dugal on guitar and vocals have just released their debut vocal album Forge the Sky. They are performing at various venues around southwest Saskatchewan and southeast Alberta during July as part of their 2018 summer tour. They concluded their performance at Market Square with a jam session involving local musician Al Hudec.


A major downpour of about 30 minutes over Swift Current during the early evening on July 10 caused localized flooding around the city. Some streets were closed due to high water levels as storm drains were unable to cope with a deluge of water. The flash flood was the result of a severe thunderstorm that moved through the area and there were also power outages in the city due to the weather.


The Swift Current Sonic hosted the 2018 Softball Saskatchewan U14 C Girls provincial championship, July 6-8. Twelve teams participated in the championship, and the top two teams in each pool advanced to the championship round on the third day of the event. The Swift Current Sonic won two of three round robin games, starting with a 12-1 victory against the Shellbrook Parkland Predators, July 6. The Sonic played two games on Saturday, winning 15-14 against the Kindersley Royals and then losing 16-10 to the Redvers Red Sox. The Kindersley and Redvers teams also finished the round robin with a 2-1 record, but the Sonic was eliminated based on run differential. Another southwest Saskatchewan team, the Leader Pats, finished third in their pool with one win and two losses. The Pats lost 7-6 against the Macklin Lakers on Friday, and lost their next game on Saturday morning 10-3 against the Kipling Royals. The Pats concluded the championship on Saturday afternoon with a 12-2 victory against the Melville Mills. The Turtleford Tigers won the championship round on Sunday. The Redvers Red Sox finished second and the Estevan Elite won bronze.


The Swift Current ACT/UCT Stingrays Summer Swim Club's invitational swim meet took place at Fairview pool, July 7. A total of 101 swimmers (56 females and 45 males) from eight teams competed at the event. The Stingrays had the largest team of 30 swimmers (15 females and 15 males). The visiting swim clubs came from Assiniboia, Estevan, Gravelbourg, Lloydminster, Oxbow, Regina, and Weyburn.


Canada Day was celebrated in Swift Current with a flag raising ceremony in Memorial Park, which was hosted by Tourism Swift Current. The Canadian flag was raised by Rebecca Stevenson, who came to Canada from Australia and received her Canadian citizenship in 2015. She was joined by her two sons Xavier and Oliver, and their dad Wade Bridal. The speakers at the event were Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. After the formal ceremony those in attendance celebrated the country's 151st birthday with hotdogs and cake.



Members of 11 different 4-H clubs participated in three days of competition at the Frontier Days livestock show, June 29 to July 1. The livestock schedule included events such as steer and heifer shows, showmanship competitions, and team grooming competitions. A key goal of the livestock show at Frontier Days is to provide a venue for youth to improve their skills and to learn about sound livestock practices in a hands-on way.


Competitors of all ages participated in the light horse events at Frontier Days. The busy schedule of activities started with training clinics on June 27 and 28. Riders were able to display their horsemanship during different competitions from June 29 to July 1.


Miniature chuckwagon racers made their first ever appearance at Frontier Days as part of the family night entertainment in the grandstand, June 28. The evening’s program started with wild pony races, with nine participating teams from different 4-H clubs. Ten teams from the Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association participated in the chuckwagon races. Each wagon is made from solid oak and weighs about 350 pounds. It is pulled by a team of four miniature horses.


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