Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 2015 Frontier Days grandstand entertainment started with an action packed show by the Knights of Valour, June 25. The knights provided an impressive display of full contact jousting as they charged towards each other on their horses with 11 feet long solid wood lances. The final championship match took place between Josh Tobey, the youngest knight in the troupe at 19, and the more experienced team captain Shane Adams, who claimed victory with a score of 10-8.

 

Frontier Days kicked off with the W.W. Smith Insurance pancake breakfast on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, June 25. All proceeds from the breakfast were donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Blaine Switzer, the 2015 Frontier Days parade marshall, conducted the ceremonial branding of the official Frontier Days brand during the breakfast. Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association Board President Steve Philp made a scholarship presentation to 2015 Frontier Days Ambassador Madison Kovar.

 

The legacy of 68 years of education at Ashley Park School in Swift Current was celebrated with a day of fun on June 24. The school closed its doors for the last time on June 26 as the final step in the Chinook School Division’s consolidation of educational facilities in the city. The legacy celebration started at noon with a 30-minute program that included guest speakers and musical performance by students. The guest speakers were Swift Current Mayor and former Ashley Park School student Jerrod Schafer, past principal Kathy Robson and Larry Caswell of the Chinook School Division Board of Education with current principal Angela Schindel as the emcee. For the rest of the afternoon the students and their families enjoyed a carnival with a variety of free games on the school grounds.

 

Soap box racers continued a long-time Father's Day tradition in Swift Current on June 21 when they raced downhill along Central Avenue North in their brightly coloured soap box race cars. There were 21 participants in this year's event, with eight junior and 13 senior racers.

Below are the Swift Current Soap Box Racing Association 33rd Annual race results:

Junior A Side: 1. Cassandra Katerynych, 2. Joshua Lavidere, 3. William Prescesky, 4. Jacob Dickson.

Senior A Side: 1. Gaige Calkins, 2. Kiern Fielding, 3. Nathan Byers, 4. Amisha Hockridge.

Junior B Side: 1. Teagan Fielding, 2. Dakoda McNab, 3. Jakob Ferguson, 4. Sean Friesen.

Senior B Side: 1. Allison Fleck, 2. Austin Calkins, 3. Rhett Oakman, 4. Krishin Hockridge.

 

The arrival of summer was celebrated with quality musical entertainment under a big top tent during the Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current, June 17-21. The June 17 performance by five-piece band Shred Kelly from Fernie, B.C. was an appreciation event for all the volunteers helping out at the music festival and the Windscape Kite Festival. The performers on June 18 were Swift Current's alternative-ambient folk group Bears in Hazenmore and the Canadian psychedelic folk band LeE HARVeY OsMOND. The 2015 blues album of the year Juno Award winner Steve Hill and Vancouver progressive indie-band Bend Sinister were on stage on June 19. Gravelbourg's Scott Richmond and his band was the opening act on June 20 for the Vancouver indie rock band Yukon Blonde, and the festival concluded on June 21 with the California ska punk band Mad Caddies. Pictured are the June 19 performances by one-man band, guitarist and singer Steve Hill, who is the 2015 Juno Award winner for blues album of the year, and the Vancouver progressive indie band Bend Sinister.

 

The many years of community service by members of the Royal Purple Lodge No. 93 were recognized during a celebration tea hosted by the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council June 3.

The business community has been showing support for Swift Current United Way’s new premiere fundraising event.
The 1st annual Foundation of Hope gala will take place Nov. 7 at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:33

Duck Derby in Swift Current, June 7, 2015

The 27th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 7 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's 34th annual Picnic in the Park. A total of 1,025 plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. The event raised $5,125 to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including the safe shelter, crisis line, outreach programs for women, men, children, youth, families and couples, as well as violence prevention education and second-stage housing. 

 

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