The Art Gallery of Swift Current's annual outdoor art camp for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 took place at Gowan's Grove, about 20 minutes south of the city. The week-long camp was attended by 20 youth from July 16-20 and there were 12 participants at the July 23-27 camp. Activities took place in a big top tent set up at a scenic spot next to the Swift Current Creek. During the mornings the students undertook art expeditions into the landscape to draw, paint and photograph nature, while they also visited nearby teepee rings and a quarts hill. In the afternoons they worked on sculpture projects and on hot days a swim in the creek provided cool relief. Each week concluded with an exhibition of student artwork, which was open to parents to attend. On each Thursday afternoon there was a special presentation by Métis cart builder George Fayant of Regina, who spoke about the history and importance of the Red River cart. The presentation on July 26 was attended by seniors from retirement residences in Swift Current. Fayant showed students how Métis travellers floated their carts across a river and students then had an opportunity to float a mini cart across the creek.


Various interesting vehicles and machinery were on show at the Doc's Town antique tractor and classic car display, July 22. The number of antique tractors at the event increased noticeably this year due to the participation of members of the Rosetown Antique Power Club. This annual show in Hansen Park has been a longstanding part of the summer activities hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current. The buildings are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day, and admission is free. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon. There will be a blacksmith hammer-in and a display of handmade items by crafters on July 29.


The 24th annual Mennonite Heritage Village watermelon festival took place in Swift Current, July 22. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. The event was well attended and volunteers sliced about 70 watermelons during the afternoon. The group Servants of the Word and the Neufeld family provided musical entertainment during the afternoon. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The annual a cappella sing-along in the historic Sommerfeld Church at the village takes place Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 3.


A large crowd attended the Appetite for Destruction demolition derby at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current, July 21. This was the second year in a row that the event took place as a fundraiser for the Swift Current Stock Car Association, and the number of participating drivers increased from eight in 2017 to 19 this year. It resulted in even more entertainment for spectators, as there were four preliminary heats, as well as a consolation heat and the King of the Ring final with nine competing vehicles. Ryan Atkings of Zenon Park won the King of the Ring title and $1,500 prize money when his vehicle was the only one still moving at the end of the final round. Swift Current driver Ed Ewert finished second and received $800, and another Swift Current driver Candace Cutts placed third and received $500. Dustin Kennedy of Weyburn won the Hardest Hit award, Luke Howe of Swift Current received the Mad Dog award, and Swift Current's Brody Crowe received the award for best looking car in his Scooby Doo themed vehicle.


Young musicians had an opportunity to play on stage in front of an audience at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current as part of their five-day music camp, July 19. Seventeen musicians between the ages of 13 and 17 participated in the Blenders music camp from July 16-20. The camp activities took place at Maverick School, the Lyric Theatre and outdoors at Gowan's Grove on a farm near the city. The camp prepared them to play with a rock or pop band and they learned about techniques, group dynamics and stage presence. Experienced musicians provided instruction during the camp, including members of the alternative rock band Bears in Hazenmore and Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Kara Golemba, who was the headlining performer at the final concert.


Summer is a busy time at the Swift Current Branch Library with various activities for children and youth. Staff from the Saskatchewan Science Centre's Go! Science outreach program visited the library on July 19 for an afternoon of learning and fun. Participants used different materials to create structures and they also built robots. Pictured, children created structures that were then tested by J.P. Belanger, an outreach educator with the Go! Science program, with a foam ball shooting blaster and a leaf blower. For more information about events at the different libraries in southwest Saskatchewan, visit the Chinook Regional Library website at


Two cowboy poets shared their observations about rural life with an appreciative audience at the cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, July 15. People filled the pews of the old church building at Doc's Town to listen to Swift Current's Bryce Burnett and Brian Anderson of Hazlet. The heritage village is open to the public throughout the summer and admission is free. Hours of operation are from Friday to Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. Various program activities take place every Sunday afternoon. There will be an antique tractor and classic car display on July 22 from 1-5 p.m., including a parade of vehicles.


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.


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