Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


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.


More international students will have an opportunity to further their education through programs offered by Great Plains College. The college is expanding its international program and additional enrolment options are now available for international students at both the Kindersley and Swift Current campus.

The City of Swift Current has approved an application for the construction and operation of a crematorium at the Memory Gardens Cemetery. Councillors approved this discretionary use application during a regular council meeting, July 30.

The SARCAN depot in Swift Current held a customer appreciation day on July 27 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the depot in the community.

The Canadian Rescue Hovercraft Pilots Association (CRHPA) is hosting the first ever Great Canadian Hover Rally in southwest Saskatchewan during the August long weekend.

The City of Swift Current is purchasing 11.63 acres of land to maintain a buffer zone at one of the wastewater lagoons. 

The rates for using City of Swift Current Community Services facilities will change in the fall after the completion of a rate review. The updated facility rates were approved at a regular council meeting, July 16. The revised rates will be in effect from Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2020.

A cross-country walk by police officers and youth is raising awareness about youth mental health and the importance of relevant support and programming services for young people.

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.


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