Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The City of Swift Current has approved an application for the construction and operation of a crematorium at the Memory Gardens Cemetery. Councillors approved this discretionary use application during a regular council meeting, July 30.

The SARCAN depot in Swift Current held a customer appreciation day on July 27 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the depot in the community.

The Canadian Rescue Hovercraft Pilots Association (CRHPA) is hosting the first ever Great Canadian Hover Rally in southwest Saskatchewan during the August long weekend.

The City of Swift Current is purchasing 11.63 acres of land to maintain a buffer zone at one of the wastewater lagoons. 

The rates for using City of Swift Current Community Services facilities will change in the fall after the completion of a rate review. The updated facility rates were approved at a regular council meeting, July 16. The revised rates will be in effect from Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2020.

A cross-country walk by police officers and youth is raising awareness about youth mental health and the importance of relevant support and programming services for young people.

Various interesting vehicles and machinery were on show at the Doc's Town antique tractor and classic car display, July 22. The number of antique tractors at the event increased noticeably this year due to the participation of members of the Rosetown Antique Power Club. This annual show in Hansen Park has been a longstanding part of the summer activities hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current. The buildings are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day, and admission is free. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon. There will be a blacksmith hammer-in and a display of handmade items by crafters on July 29.

 

The 24th annual Mennonite Heritage Village watermelon festival took place in Swift Current, July 22. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. The event was well attended and volunteers sliced about 70 watermelons during the afternoon. The group Servants of the Word and the Neufeld family provided musical entertainment during the afternoon. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The annual a cappella sing-along in the historic Sommerfeld Church at the village takes place Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 3.

 

A large crowd attended the Appetite for Destruction demolition derby at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current, July 21. This was the second year in a row that the event took place as a fundraiser for the Swift Current Stock Car Association, and the number of participating drivers increased from eight in 2017 to 19 this year. It resulted in even more entertainment for spectators, as there were four preliminary heats, as well as a consolation heat and the King of the Ring final with nine competing vehicles. Ryan Atkings of Zenon Park won the King of the Ring title and $1,500 prize money when his vehicle was the only one still moving at the end of the final round. Swift Current driver Ed Ewert finished second and received $800, and another Swift Current driver Candace Cutts placed third and received $500. Dustin Kennedy of Weyburn won the Hardest Hit award, Luke Howe of Swift Current received the Mad Dog award, and Swift Current's Brody Crowe received the award for best looking car in his Scooby Doo themed vehicle.

 

Young musicians had an opportunity to play on stage in front of an audience at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current as part of their five-day music camp, July 19. Seventeen musicians between the ages of 13 and 17 participated in the Blenders music camp from July 16-20. The camp activities took place at Maverick School, the Lyric Theatre and outdoors at Gowan's Grove on a farm near the city. The camp prepared them to play with a rock or pop band and they learned about techniques, group dynamics and stage presence. Experienced musicians provided instruction during the camp, including members of the alternative rock band Bears in Hazenmore and Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Kara Golemba, who was the headlining performer at the final concert.

 

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