Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Dirt oval racers had to deal with a slippery track at the Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current on Aug. 15 after some rainfall earlier in the day, but it added to the excitement for race fans on a chilly evening. The feature race winners were Mathew Palaschak (Thunder Trucks), Destiny Klym (Hobby Stock), Mike Dionne (Street Stock) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds). The final race of the season will take place on Aug. 29 with racing starting at 7 p.m.


The Eliminators Car Club in Swift Current, which was established in 1970, hosted its 35th annual Riverside Run Show and Shine in Riverside Park, Aug. 15. Dark clouds and a slight drizzle during the afternoon did not deter the many car fans who came out to look at the vehicles on display.


The 1st annual Speedy Creek Throwdown skateboard competition took place at the Kiwanis Sk8 Park on Aug. 8. The event was well attended with around 60 competitors. Below are the results from the competition:

Game of S.K.A.T.E. winner – Matthew Fehr.

Beginner finalists – 1st Tanner Gray, 2nd Jeremiah LaFontaine, 3rd Cohen Funk.

Intermediate finalists – 1st Matthew Fehr, 2nd Ethan Riley, 3rd Jeremy Brumwell.

Open finalists – 1st Reis Burrows, 2nd Kayman Woolstencroft, 3rd Dakota Wall.

Kids deathrace winner – Tyson Huxted.

Adult deathrace winner – Derek Hartley


The City of Swift Current has started a process to update the official community plan to reflect the new vision of growing the community’s population to 25,000 by 2025. Resident had an opportunity to learn more about the process and to provide input on their future vision for the city at a display that was set up on Market Square on Aug. 8. Two representatives from the Saskatoon based landscape architecture and community planning consultancy Crosby Hanna & Associates were present to speak to people about the process. Future consultation opportunities will be provided for the public through surveys and public open houses. More information is available online at


Market Square in downtown Swift Current hosted its annual costume contest on Aug. 8. A record number of 27 contestants entered this year’s competition for the best costume in children, teen and adult categories. The costume contest was part of the trains, planes and spaceships theme day at Market Square. Staff from the Saskatchewan Science Centre's Go! Science summer outreach program attended the theme day while members of the Star Wars costume club, the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion, were also present.


Wheelstanding world record holder “Nitro Mike” Kunz of Mission, B.C., attended the Swift Current Drag Racing's Association's final drag racing weekend on Aug. 8 and 9 to do exhibition wheelstand runs down the quarter mile track at the Swift Current airport in his highly modified Chrysler PT Cruiser. He established an official Guinness world record for the longest wheelstand (wheelie) by a car in Earlton, Ontario on Aug. 11, 2012 when he drove this vehicle over a distance of 2,500 feet on its rear wheels only. The supercharged and alcohol fuelled 446 cubic inch Chrysler engine, which has been installed at the car's rear end, produces over 1,200 horsepower.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association in conjunction with the Living Sky Casino hosted a car show in the casino parking lot on Friday evening, Aug. 7, to kick off the final drag racing weekend of the season at the Swift Current airport. The vehicles on display at the show included a number of drag racing cars as well as the highly modified Chrysler PT Cruiser of “Nitro Mike” Kunz from Mission, B.C., who is the wheelstanding world record holder for driving the car over a distance of 2,500 feet on its rear wheels only.


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).


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