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Friday, 22 June 2012 11:38

Summer fun ahead at Frontier Days

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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The countdown is on for this summer’s Frontier Days in Swift Current, which has been a mainstay in the city for more than 70 years.
The combination of midway rides, grandstand concerts, rodeo, horse and cattle shows and 4-H competitors from across southwest Saskatchewan promises to provide entertainment for the entire family.


The theme of this year’s event, which will take place from June 28 to July 1 at Kinetic Park, is “Rural roots and cowboy boots.”
According to Wade Jensen, the president of the Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association board of directors, there were about 22,000 people through the gates during last year’s four-day event.
“It’s the biggest event that we put on throughout the year,” he said. “It brings the most people into town and every year we try to outdo ourselves and get a few more people out and bring people from all over western Canada, not only just southwest Saskatchewan.”
Visitors will have a lot to look forward to, starting with the iGiddy-Up pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on June 28 that is hosted by Innovation Credit Union.
The Frontier Days parade — with the theme “Show us your Roots” — takes place at 10 a.m. June 30 and at 8 p.m. the grandstand entertainment will feature country stars Jason Blaine and Gord Bamford.
“We usually do it on Canada Day but it being on Sunday this year we’re doing it a little different,” Jensen said. “We decided that the Saturday would be easier for people to attend an all-day event ... With the Sunday, some people might have to work on the Monday.”
There will still be plenty to do July 1. Robertson Implements will host a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and an interdenominational church service featuring Ben Crane, Shaunavon’s Hunter Brothers and Bryn Thiessen will take place at 10 a.m.
After a full day of activities, the 7 p.m. grandstand entertainment will feature Ben Crane and Bryn Thiessen in concert and at 11 p.m. the Living Sky Casino fireworks show will celebrate Canada’s national day.
According to Jensen they are always adding new and exciting events to the Frontier Days line-up and this year is no different. The Bowmanville Zoo from Ontario, the oldest private zoo in Canada, will make its first trip to Swift Current.
“It’s something new and exciting for the kids,” he said. “It’s not a petting zoo. We’ve had tigers; we’ve had sharks, now we’ve got the whole package. They’ve got tigers, a lion, a camel and a few other wild animals.”
It takes 400 or more volunteers over the four days to keep things running smoothly and Jensen said they can always use another pair of helping hands, particularly at the gates and the saloon.
“There’s just so many people involved with it, right from your 4-H clubs down in the livestock area to Doc’s Town to people helping on the midway,” he noted. “There’s always room for people to help out.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Tracey Stevenson at 306-773-2944 or e-mail Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Advance P.O.P. passes that include the June 30 grandstand entertainment, gate admission and the CCA rodeo are available at Pharmasave, Palliser Pavilion and Innovation Credit Union until June 29.

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