Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Swift Current residents might sometimes question the sense of having the City of Swift Current Light and Power Department distribute the electrical power generated by SaskPower, but those doubts might be slightly less as a result of the current debacle at the Crown Corporation over smart meters.

The annual Historic Trades Day at Fort Walsh National Historic Site on Aug. 2 provided a day of historic fun for families. The event provided visitors a glimpse into daily life at the fort during the 1880s with demonstrations of different historical trades and cultural activities, wagon rides and children's activities. The Medicine Hat Desjarlais Métis Dancers entertained visitors with traditional dances at the Métis cabins. There were also military displays throughout the day, including the firing of  cannons and rifles from the era and skirmishes. The military displays were under the command of the Parks Canada Military Curator from Winnipeg, Inspector Grant Tyler, and participants included members of the North West Mounted Police Commemorative Association out of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Horse Artillery from Medicine Hat as well as Parks Canada staff from Fort Walsh, Fort Battleford and Batoche.


The 20th annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current on July 27, 2014. 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. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. A special event to celebrate the centennial of the Sommerfeld Church, which is located on the grounds of the Heritage Village, will take place on Aug. 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. 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.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the first drag races of the year at the Swift Current Airport on July 26 and 27. There was a good turnout of competitors from across the prairies with 95 racers on Saturday and 75 competitors on Sunday. The weekend included a special event with the presence of 35 high performance street legal cars that participated in Saskatchewan's Fastest Streetcar Shootout. The next drag racing weekend is Aug. 9 and 10, and a race is also scheduled for Sept. 6 and 7 to make up for the rained out event in June.


An assortment of old cars and tractors from almost every decade going back to the 1920s participated in a display and parade of vintage tractors and vehicles at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current, July 20. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. A 100th anniversary celebration for the blacksmith shop will take place on Aug. 3. Doc's Town is open every Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until September.


Dog owners from across the prairies were in Swift Current from July 18 to 20 to participate in the annual Speedy Dawg Agility Trial in Riverside Park. Participants completed 577 runs during the weekend and 123 runs were qualifiers. Competition coordinator Lori Langen of the Speedy Dawg Club said the 21.5 per cent qualifier rate is very good. Swift Current's Dave Langen and Storm, a seven-year-old Hungarian Vizsla, earned their Starters Dog of Canada title during the weekend. Regina's Judy Ganshorn and Daiquiri, a Pomeranian, earned their Agility Trial Champion of Canada title.


People enjoyed a beautiful day at the lake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Lac Pelletier Regional Park, July 19. A variety of events and activities took place during the day, starting with a pancake breakfast attended by around 300 people. A formal celebration with dignitary speeches and the cutting of the birthday cake took place at 2 p.m. at the corral. A supper buffet was served to 265 people and the evening dance featured the popular band Bakersfield. This year is also the 25th anniversary of the hall building in the park and the hall board's annual craft and bake sale took place on the same day. This sale is the hall board's main fundraiser for the year and the money is used for the building's maintenance and improvements. This fall work will start on upgrades to the washrooms and changes to make the hall more wheelchair accessible.


The spectacular Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models made their first appearance at the Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current on July 18 and 19 with heat and feature races on Friday and Saturday evenings. Speedy Creek Racing Association will host racing in four race classes at the next event on Aug. 9, which will include fun for the entire family with kids box car races during the intermission. Chris Dunn (#0) from Great Falls, Montana and Mike Tom (#55) from Stony Plain, Alberta, dominated the races on Friday and Saturday evening with each one winning a heat race and Dunn winning the feature race on both nights. Street Stock races also took place on Friday night and the Thunder Trucks and Hobby Stocks were on the track on Saturday night. Speedy Creek Racing Association will host racing in four race classes at the next event on Aug. 9, which will include fun for the entire family with kids box car races during the intermission.


The environmental impact of hockey will most likely not be on the minds of passionate fans when they attend a game, but the National Hockey League’s first ever sustainability report may change that.

Tractor and truck pulling returned to Swift Current after an absence of almost 30 years to raise funds for the Broncos. The well attended event on July 11 and 12 was hosted by the Swift Current Broncos in association with event sponsor Redhead Equipment Case IH. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Swift Current Broncos Education Fund. Pinnacle Motorsports brought close to 30 competitors to the event. They competed in seven different classes - vintage/antique tractors, stock diesel trucks, mini's, modified 4X4, prostock tractors, two-wheel drive and modified tractors.


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