Saskatchewan Abilities Council Awareness Week was celebrated in Swift Current, Sept. 3-9. The week was an opportunity to raise awareness for individuals with disabilities, to engage the community and to celebrate the ability in all people. The City of Swift Current officially proclaimed the week at a regular council meeting, Aug. 28. A flag raising ceremony took place at City Hall, Sept. 5. There was a large turnout for the community barbeque at Market Square, Sept. 7. The barbeque was attended by about 350 people and raised over $2,000 for programs and services at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. An open house and celebration of the recent renovations at the Swift Current branch took place on Sept. 8.


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Swift Current SPCA Pooch Plunge, Sept. 4, 2017

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Dogs and their owners had a fun time at the Fairview Pool in Swift Current during the Swift Current SPCA's Pooch Plunge, Sept. 4, which took place in partnership with the City of Swift Current's Aquatic Department. All proceeds from this end-of-season dog swim will go to the Swift Current SPCA.


The farming community south of Swift Current came together to support a Harvest for Kids project that raised funds to give opportunities to children in developing countries to attend camping programs. A total of 27 combines participated in the harvest of swathed canola on the Hildebrand family farm about 30 kilometres south of Swift Current, Sept. 4. Harvest for Kids will have five local harvest projects for 2017 in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba. This was the first time a Harvest for Kids project took place in the Swift Current area, and it set a record for the number of combines at a local harvest project in Saskatchewan. Funds from Harvest for Kids projects are used to support the activities of Children’s Camps International (CCI), an evangelical, non-denominational organization that has been doing children’s camping ministry since 2003. CCI is currently running camping programs in five countries – Brazil, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Kenya and Mexico. Flags from these countries were tied to the combines when they arrived for the harvest event at the Swift Current project.


The 5th annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show took place in Swift Current, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The event started on Aug. 31 with the public speaking competition in the training centre at the Pattison Agriculture dealership. The remaining activities over the next three days took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The event drew participants from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There were 145 registered participants and 179 class entries, while 197 head of cattle were stalled in the barns for the event. Young Ranchman's is aimed at youth up to the age of 21 years with an interest in livestock and agriculture. It provides them with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through showmanship and team grooming competitions. They can also show their creativity by submitting entries for the art and photography contests, and there are also educational workshops. The show includes the Little Ranchers program with learning opportunities in a fun environment for children eight years and younger. They learned about livestock and farm safety, and this year they also received information about the beef production chain. The Southwest Classic Steer Show, an open entry prospect steer show, also took place during the weekend, and there was a conformation show for different breed classes on the final day of the event.


The Swift Current SPCA hosted a Pets in the Park community dog walk at Riverside Park, Aug. 27. The support of pet lovers and various sponsors made it possible for the SPCA to raise just over $6,000 for the animal shelter with this event. Individuals qualified to participate in the dog walk along a section of the Chinook Parkway by collecting at least $50 in pledges for the shelter. The activities at the event included various dog-related demonstrations and vendors. One of the vendors was Dana Dyck, a certified groomer and owner of Lil’ Wiggles Small Dog Grooming. She is pictured while providing a grooming demonstration with her one-year-old Norwich Terrier, Sadie.


The penultimate Southwest CultureFest, a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in the province, took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Aug. 26. This event featured a Bengali song and dance show with singer Jebunnessa Chapola and three dancers, as well as a performance by Iraqi-Canadian spoken word and hip-hop artist Ahmad Majid. Chapola was born in Bangladesh and has been living in Saskatoon for the past six years, where she is a doctoral student in women’s and gender issues while she is also an activist, radio host and singer. Her performance in Swift Current highlighted Bengali musical traditions and the poetic songs of Rabindranath Tagore. Ahmad Majid of Saskatoon is a second-generation Iraqi-Canadian. He uses his poetry and music to address important social and human rights issues. The final event in this festival series takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 9. It will include a Filipino cultural showcase as well as other performances. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the third and final drag racing weekend of the 2017 season at the Swift Current Airport, Aug. 26 and 27. The event was well attended and over 114 cars from across Saskatchewan as well as from Alberta, Manitoba and Montana  competed on the airfield dragstrip. Below are the race results.

Aug. 26 winners: Super Pro class – 1st Ron Schultz, Swift Current, 2nd Rick Starkey, Malta MT; Pro class – 1st Harvey Turner, Medicine Hat AB, 2nd Garry Burr, Bagot MB; Sportsman class – 1st Jarrod Bauer, Moose Jaw SK, 2nd Richard Vogel, McTaggart SK; Junior Dragster class – 1st Rayce Schultz, Swift Current, 2nd Erica Knelsen, Medicine Hat AB.

Aug. 27 winners: Super Pro class – 1st  Zach Lowe, Moose Jaw SK, 2nd Cory Schultz, Swift Current; Pro class – 1st James Frayn, Trossachs SK, 2nd Mike Acker, Swift Current; Sportsman class – 1st Remington Walker, Assiniboia SK, 2nd Jake Knelsen, Swift Current; Junior Dragster class – 1st Hayley Vipond, Swift Current, 2nd Rayce Schultz, Swift Current.


The latest in a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Aug. 12. This show featured performances by Regina interdisciplinary artist Chancz Perry and Swift Current dancers Tintu Sebastian and Pearl Munim. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. The next event in this festival series takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 26. There will be a dance show by singer Jebunnessa Chapola and the SARGAM Bengali Performers as well as a performance by Iraqi-Canadian spoken word and hip hop artist Ahmad Majid. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.


Producers had an opportunity to learn more about the organic research projects at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre during a tour of organic field trials, Aug. 9. The tour leader was Dr. Myriam Fernandez, a research scientist at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre. The tour included visits to three ongoing trials as well as two new trials that were started this year. The three existing trials are tillage systems for organic crop production to determine the impact of different intensity and frequency of tillage operations on weed control; the influence of allelopathic cover crops and their residues on soil quality and growth as well as the spread of perennial thistles and other weeds; and the effectiveness of the bioherbicide Phoma macrostoma. The two new trials are the evaluation of intercropping as an organic cropping option in the semi-arid Brown soil zone of western Canada; and an evaluation of the use of cover crop mixtures or continuous relay cropping to improve productivity and sustainability of organic systems in the Brown soil zone.


The Eliza Mary Doyle trio concluded their western Canadian tour in Swift Current with a performance at the Lyric Theatre, Aug. 3. The band's lead vocalist Eliza Mary Doyle, a former Swift Current resident, is also the banjo player for the popular Saskatchewan blue grass band The Dead South. Doyle's hectic touring schedule will continue into the fall, as she is playing with The Dead South at venues across Canada, the United States and Europe. The Prince Albert band The Wolfe made their debut at the Lyric Theatre stage on Aug 3. This all-female trio was one of the top four finalists from more than 2,000 entries in the 2017 CBC Searchlight competition. The Wolfe appeared at the Lyric Theatre as part of their Can You Hear Me summer tour across central and western Canada.


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