Internationally renowned Australian groundcover and soils ecologist Dr. Christine Jones spoke at the Building Soil – Creating Land workshop hosted by the Southwest Forage Association in Swift Current, Aug. 7. The morning workshop session took place at the Semi-arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) and during the afternoon there was a field walk through nearby forage trial plots. The Swift Current event was part of Dr. Jones' northern hemisphere workshops and field days from July to November. She has presented workshops on four different continents about regenerative land management practices and how to rebuild carbon-rich agricultural soils that helps to sequester carbon by removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


The Swift Current alternative-ambient folk group Bears in Hazenmore held a release party for their second EP, Airwaves, at the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 6, which was also be the kick-off for their western Canadian tour. The tour during August will take the five-member ensemble to 11 different cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. There was a large and enthusiastic audience at the Lyric Theatre for the release party. The EP contains six new songs and the band has already started working on a full-length album. The band members are Dalton Lam (trumpet), Dana Rempel (bass, saxophone), Tanner Wilhelm Hale (drums, vocals), Brady Frank (guitar, keyboards) and Darnell Stewart (guitar).


The Cypress Health Region held a media tour of the Swift Current long-term care facility construction site on Aug. 6 to highlight the progress with this $80 million capital project. The 225-bed facility will consist of 21 homes with 10 single bedrooms in each home and another home with 15 beds, including three larger rooms for palliative care.


Producers were able to learn more about organic and other field trials at the Semi-arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) low-input agricultural systems field day on Aug. 6. The event at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research station, located just east of Swift Current, was well attended with close to 50 participants. The field day consisted of a tour to the trial plots during the morning and a number of research and invited presentations at the research station's Thomson lecture room in the afternoon. Afterwards there was an opportunity to attend an optional tour to a nearby organic farm.


The Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council hosted a celebrity day in Riverside Park on July 30. It was an opportunity for Summer Fun program participants to interact with representatives from various local organizations, including City Councillor Ron Toles, EMS, Swift Current Fire Department, local media, a prince and princess from the city’s Royal Ball and Cypress Hills-Grasslands Member of Parliament David Anderson. A game to hit a candy-filled piñata with a bat was a very popular activity among Summer Fun program participants. The visit of Swift Current firefighters in their big fire truck was also a highlight. The celebrity day was just one of many Summer Fun program activities during the period July 2 to Aug. 14. This year’s program has a record number of 25 registrants. The program provides a fun and supportive environment for participants to be involved in the community and interact with their peers. Other activities include day trips to Saskatchewan Landing, Lac Pelletier and a berry picking farm, ziplining and horseback riding at the West Bank Bible Camp, movie days, zumba dancing and yoga, and attending a Swift Current Indians baseball game.


The 21st annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current, July 26. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon in combination with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. There was a large turnout at the event and people lined up to enter the festival, which included a sale of books on Mennonite history and musical entertainment by Katrina, Archie and Sylvia Neufeld. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 1.



Young and old had an opportunity to see a variety of farm animals at the annual Down on the Farm event hosted by the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current, July 26. Maxine Mosiondz brought two Boer cross goats and two bantam chickens and Jan Loeppky-Mackay showed her miniature donkeys. Max and Hedi Gossweiler of Swiss Line Alpacas at Herbert attended with two alpacas. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. Hymn singing will take place in the historic church at the village on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. while there will be a line dance party on Aug. 7 and a country music jam session on Aug. 9 in the Airmen's Billet (H-Hut). The buildings and tea room at Doc's Town is open every Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until September.


Monster trucks made a two-night stop in Swift Current on July 24 and 25 as part of the Outlaws of Motorsports' Monsters and Mayhem tour to four cities across the prairies this summer. This was the first time in about 16 years that monster trucks made an appearance in Swift Current and the grandstand at Kinetic Exhibition Park was full on both nights. In addition to the six full-sized monsters trucks the entertainment at each show included a Tuff Trucks obstacle course competition and aerial acrobatics by two freestyle motocross riders.


The Swift Current Branch Library hosted the annual senior appreciation tea party at the library on July 24 to celebrate the Senior Outreach program. The event was attended by about 60 people. Most of them are users of the library's Senior Outreach program. The tea party was also an opportunity to thank the volunteers who spend many hours every month to bring library services to seniors. Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon spoke at the start of the event and musical entertainment was provided by Joyce Olesen.


The sounds and smells of vintage tractors filled the air at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current on July 19 during the display and parade of antique tractors. The parade line-up included six tractors as well as a 1946 Fargo truck and two cars from the late 1960s. A variety of stationary vintage engines and other old cars were also on display in Hansen Park during the afternoon. The large Fairbanks-Morse 15 horsepower Model Z single-cylinder engine drew a lot of attention when it was started up during the afternoon. This antique stationary engine, which has been mounted on a horse-drawn wagon, dates from around 1920. It was donated to Doc's Town a few days before the event by the family of the late Bill Eichorst, who farmed north of Waldeck. He was a collector of John Deere and other old farm machines and this stationery engine was his pride and joy. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. A variety of farm animals will be in Hansen Park for Down on the Farm on July 26.


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