Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 5th annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show took place in Swift Current, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The event started on Aug. 31 with the public speaking competition in the training centre at the Pattison Agriculture dealership. The remaining activities over the next three days took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The event drew participants from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There were 145 registered participants and 179 class entries, while 197 head of cattle were stalled in the barns for the event. Young Ranchman's is aimed at youth up to the age of 21 years with an interest in livestock and agriculture. It provides them with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through showmanship and team grooming competitions. They can also show their creativity by submitting entries for the art and photography contests, and there are also educational workshops. The show includes the Little Ranchers program with learning opportunities in a fun environment for children eight years and younger. They learned about livestock and farm safety, and this year they also received information about the beef production chain. The Southwest Classic Steer Show, an open entry prospect steer show, also took place during the weekend, and there was a conformation show for different breed classes on the final day of the event.

 

The City of Swift Current is set to start buying renewable energy for the electrical distribution grid under the Small Power Producer Program.

A large fire near the community of Glentworth destroyed about 3,500 acres of grazing land on Labour Day.

The farming community south of Swift Current came together to support a Harvest for Kids project that raised funds to give opportunities to children in developing countries to attend camping programs.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 04:56

City to upgrade reservoir and pump house

The City of Swift Current will borrow additional funds to upgrade the South Hill reservoir and pump house, which will increase pumping capacity to households and provide water to SaskPower’s new Chinook Power Station.

Members of the Daughters of the Nile Aurora Club No. 5 in Swift Current are currently selling tickets for their 6th annual lottery ticket draw to raise funds for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal.

The Swift Current SPCA hosted a Pets in the Park community dog walk at Riverside Park, Aug. 27. The support of pet lovers and various sponsors made it possible for the SPCA to raise just over $6,000 for the animal shelter with this event. Individuals qualified to participate in the dog walk along a section of the Chinook Parkway by collecting at least $50 in pledges for the shelter. The activities at the event included various dog-related demonstrations and vendors. One of the vendors was Dana Dyck, a certified groomer and owner of Lil’ Wiggles Small Dog Grooming. She is pictured while providing a grooming demonstration with her one-year-old Norwich Terrier, Sadie.

 

The penultimate Southwest CultureFest, a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in the province, took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Aug. 26. This event featured a Bengali song and dance show with singer Jebunnessa Chapola and three dancers, as well as a performance by Iraqi-Canadian spoken word and hip-hop artist Ahmad Majid. Chapola was born in Bangladesh and has been living in Saskatoon for the past six years, where she is a doctoral student in women’s and gender issues while she is also an activist, radio host and singer. Her performance in Swift Current highlighted Bengali musical traditions and the poetic songs of Rabindranath Tagore. Ahmad Majid of Saskatoon is a second-generation Iraqi-Canadian. He uses his poetry and music to address important social and human rights issues. The final event in this festival series takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 9. It will include a Filipino cultural showcase as well as other performances. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the third and final drag racing weekend of the 2017 season at the Swift Current Airport, Aug. 26 and 27. The event was well attended and over 114 cars from across Saskatchewan as well as from Alberta, Manitoba and Montana  competed on the airfield dragstrip. Below are the race results.

Aug. 26 winners: Super Pro class – 1st Ron Schultz, Swift Current, 2nd Rick Starkey, Malta MT; Pro class – 1st Harvey Turner, Medicine Hat AB, 2nd Garry Burr, Bagot MB; Sportsman class – 1st Jarrod Bauer, Moose Jaw SK, 2nd Richard Vogel, McTaggart SK; Junior Dragster class – 1st Rayce Schultz, Swift Current, 2nd Erica Knelsen, Medicine Hat AB.

Aug. 27 winners: Super Pro class – 1st  Zach Lowe, Moose Jaw SK, 2nd Cory Schultz, Swift Current; Pro class – 1st James Frayn, Trossachs SK, 2nd Mike Acker, Swift Current; Sportsman class – 1st Remington Walker, Assiniboia SK, 2nd Jake Knelsen, Swift Current; Junior Dragster class – 1st Hayley Vipond, Swift Current, 2nd Rayce Schultz, Swift Current.

 

The differences in learning between boys and girls will be discussed at an upcoming workshop in Swift Current. The workshop Cracking the Boy Code takes places from 1-4 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Sept. 16.

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