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The 23rd annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current, July 23. 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 75 watermelons 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. 20 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. 4.

 

People filled the pews in the old church building at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current to listen to cowboy poetry, July 23. Swift Current's Bryce Burnett and Brian Anderson of Hazlet shared their poetry about cowboy life with an appreciative audience. Swift Current resident John Klassen, an audience member, also read a poem at the event. The buildings at Doc's Town are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day, and special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of different crafts during the Made by Hand event on July 30, which will include a blacksmith's hammer-in at the William Ball blacksmith shop.

 

The Swift Current ACT/UCT Stingrays Summer Swim Club hosted swimmers from across the province at the club's swim meet, July 22. A total of 162 athletes from 14 teams competed at the event.  The Stingrays had the largest team of 31 swimmers, with 18 female and 13 male athletes. A number of Stingrays swimmers finished in the top three on overall points. Daphne Dyck was second and Talyah Cuthbert was third in the girls 7-8 category. Ace Brewer was first in the boys 7-8 age group. Ezra Lloyd placed second in the boys 9-10 group, while Luke Regier was second overall in the boys 11-12 age group. Ghrandozz Aguilar finished third overall on points in the boys 13-14 group.

 

Swift Current Minor Baseball and the Midget AA Swift Current 57's hosted the 2017 Midget AA Tier 1 provincial baseball championships, July 21-23. Eight teams competed for the provincial title. The Swift Current 57's was eliminated with only one win after three games in pool A. The Swift Current team lost their opening game on July 21 when they gave up a lead of three runs in the bottom of the final innings to give the Midwest Diamondbacks a 10-9 win. The Swift Current 57's made a comeback on July 22 when they won 11-0 against the Regina Buffalos, but the 57's then lost 12-3 to the Moose Jaw Canucks to finish third in Pool A. The Northwest Prairie Pirates won the provincial title after a 3-0 win against the Parkland Expos in the gold medal game, July 23. The Prairie Pirates reached the final after eliminating the Moose Jaw Canucks 12-2 in the semi-final and the Expos won 11-2 against the Midwest Diamondbacks in the other semi-final.

 

Various interesting vehicles and machinery were on show at the Doc's Town antique tractor and classic car display, July 16. 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 special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon. The Country Pleasures Tea Room, a popular stop for visitors who want to enjoy a slice of homemade pie or other treats, will remain open through September.

 

The first in a series of free bi-weekly events in Swift Current to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre, July 15. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. The audience at the first event watched performances by world champion hoop dancer Terrance Littletent of Regina and Cuban band Brisas del Palmar. The next event on July 29 will have performances by the Creeland Dancers and the Swift Current progressive rock band, The Moon Runners.

 

A large crowd attended the Appetite for Destruction demolition derby at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current, July 15. This was the first time in almost 20 years that a demolition derby took place in the city. It was organized by the Speedy Creek Racing Association as a fundraiser for the club. Justin Hanson of Hodgeville won the King of the Ring title after his vehicle was the only one still moving at the end of the final round. Dakota Lange of Swift Current finished second and Luke Howe of Stewart Valley was third. Matthew Palaschak of Val Marie was the winner of the consolation event. Lange received the prize for best looking car.

 

The 2017 Mosquito AA Tier 1 provincial championship took place in Swift Current, July 14-16. Seven teams competed for the provincial title. The Swift Current 57's played in pool B against teams from Lloydminster and Lumsden. On Friday the Swift Current 57's lost their first game 3-1 against the Lumsden Cubs, but won 11-5 against the Lloydminster Twins. All three teams had one win and one loss after their two pool games, and a tiebreaking formula was used to determine their ranking. The Swift Current 57's was ranked second behind the Lloydminster Twin. In the playoff round on Saturday the Swift Current 57's won 16-2 against the Battleford Beavers, but on Sunday the Swift Current team was eliminated in the semi-final game when they lost 11-10 to the Weyburn Element Beavers, who had finished first in pool A. The Weyburn team became provincial champions after winning the gold medal game 8-6 against the Muenster Red Sox. Baseball Saskatchewan representative Neil Hogg, throws the ceremonial first pitch during the opening ceremonies for the Mosquito AA Tier 1 provincial championship, July 14. An announcement was made during the opening ceremonies that a commemorative plaque in honour of the late Sharon Hogg will be installed at Sharon Hogg Field in recognition of her dedication and contribution to baseball in Swift Current and in the province. She passed away from cancer in December 2014.

 

Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to musicians to showcase their talents during the Open Stage event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month. The audience enjoyed performances in a variety of musical genres at the most recent Open Stage, July 13. The next Open Stage will take place on Aug. 10. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 

A blessing ceremony for a full-size replica of a Red River cart took place at Lac Pelletier Regional Park, July 13. Swift Current resident John Froese built the cart and donated it to the park. The cart is mounted on a cement pad in a visible location near the Meadows campground next to the main road through the park. The dedication ceremony was arranged by Métis elder and Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke.

 

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