Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Saskatchewan Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre got a close-up look at the activities of the oil and gas sector in southwest Saskatchewan during a three-day tour of the region, Aug. 27-29.

A flagraising ceremony took place at City Hall on Sept. 4 in recognition of the proclamation of Sept. 2-8 as SaskAbilities Awareness Week in Swift Current. This was the first time that the new SaskAbilities flag was raised for the annual awareness week in the city since the organization's rebranding in 2017. The flag was raised by Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and Cypress Hills-Grasslands Member of Parliament David Anderson was also in attendance. Two events took place during the week to highlight and celebrate the work of SaskAbilities in the community. There was a community barbeque at Market Square on Sept. 6 and SaskAbilities Swift Current Branch hosted an open house and special needs equipment grand re-opening event on Sept. 7 at the organization’s main location.

 

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Swift Current SPCA Pooch Plunge, Sept. 3, 2018

Dogs and their owners had a good time at the Fairview Pool in Swift Current during the Swift Current SPCA's Pooch Plunge, Sept. 3, which took place in partnership with the City of Swift Current's Aquatic Department. All proceeds from this end-of-season dog swim will go to the Swift Current SPCA.

 

The 6th annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show took place in Swift Current, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The event started on Aug. 31 with the public speaking competition in the training centre at the Pattison Agriculture dealership. The remaining activities took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The event drew 145 participants from Alberta and Saskatchewan, and there were even two participants from Australia. The event provided an opportunity for youth up to the age of 21 years with an interest in livestock and agriculture to develop skills and knowledge through showmanship and team grooming competitions, while an open entry prospect steer show and a conformation show for different breed classes also took place during the weekend. Participants were able to express their creativity in the art and photography contests, and there were educational workshops. The show included the Little Ranchers program with learning opportunities in a fun environment for children eight years and younger. This year's Little Ranchers theme was soil and grass, and they learned about soil erosion on farms, the different plants in the prairie ecosystem, and the importance of grazing plans.

 

The Harvest for Hope initiative continues to raise funds for the work done by Rock Solid Refuge to help teens to overcome their challenges. Farmers came together on Aug. 31 to harvest a canola crop on 120 acres of land made available for this fundraiser by Wendell Patzer. This was the sixth crop that was harvested on this land, which is located a few kilometres south of Swift Current along Highway No. 4. Eight combines and six trucks showed up for the harvest.

 

The Swift Current Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) concluded the 2018 drag racing season on a high note with a well attended racing weekend at the Swift Current Airport. This was the third racing weekend hosted by SCDRA during 2018 at the airport landing strip. SCDRA President Greg McKay said 75 drivers participated in the Friday Fun Night on Aug. 24 and 140 drivers were competing on the drag strip during the regular race day, Aug. 25. The racing action on Saturday included some of the fastest street legal vehicles in the province that competed in the Saskatchewan Fastest Street Car Shootout. The final day of racing on Aug. 26 had to be cancelled due to rain, but overall it was a good way for the SCDRA to conclude the season.

 

There was entertainment for the entire family at the Swift Current Stock Car Association (SCSCA) race weekend, Aug. 24 and 25. On Friday night there were bicycle races for the children during intermission and Saturday night was kids day with prices for all ages and an opportunity to receive candy from drivers during intermission. Drivers competed in three racing classes on both nights and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. The final two races of the 2018 SCSCA racing season will take place on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 2 p.m., when the championship winners will be determined.

 

Crops have been harvested at two community growing projects in the Swift Current area in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The Grasslands Growing Project has been taking place in the Swift Current area for over a decade. It consists of the Lone Tree community project just northeast of Swift Current and the Stewart Valley community project. Volunteers helped to harvest a canola crop on 157 acres of land at the Lone Tree community project Aug. 23 while the 135 acre durum crop at the Stewart Valley project was harvested the following day.

 

Two organizations expressed concerns at a public hearing about allowing cannabis retail activity near the downtown Swift Current location of a non-profit organization that provides programs and support services to youth.

Crops have been harvested at two community growing projects in the Swift Current area in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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