Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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.

 

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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.

 

The Swift Current Airport was a hive of activity on July 10 with century celebrations hosted by the South West Flying Club. The event was organized to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Swift Current's city status. Activities during the day included plane rides, a Second World War walking tour and a display of vintage cars. The event coincided with the start of the Century Flight Club's annual cross-Canada tour, which used the Swift Current Airport as the starting point for the trip. The highlight of the day was an aerobatic show by professional air show pilot Dave Mathieson from Chilliwack, B.C., in his high-performance two-seat tandem sport aircraft, the Scheyden MX2. 

 

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run arrived in Swift Current on July 10. The peace runners started their North American tour in New York on April 11. The torch relay is visiting communities in the United States, Mexico and Canada to promote a more peaceful world. The tour will reach Ottawa on Aug. 4 and the North American leg of this global peace run will finish in New York on Aug. 15. Activities during their stop in Swift Current included yoga in Riverdene Park, a torch passing ceremony where participants could make a wish or prayer for peace and a torch run along the Chinook Parkway to Riverside Park, where children from the City of Swift Current's Parks and Play Summer Program participated in a peace run ceremony.

 

Cowboy poets Brian Anderson from Hazlet and Swift Current's Bryce Burnett shared their observations about cowboy life with an appreciative audience of around 25 people during a cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town in the old church building on July 6. Burnett's first poetry collection, Homegrown and other poems, has recently been published by Regina publisher DriverWorks Ink. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current. This summer's activities include an antique tractor and car display on July 20 and a 100th anniversary celebration for the blacksmith shop on Aug. 3. Doc's Town is open every Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until September.

 

The Speedy Creek Racing Association hosted its Fan Appreciation race night at Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current, July 5. Drivers struggled to keep their vehicles under control during the early heats on a track that became very slippery after it was watered down to control the dust. The feature race winners were Brian Tschetter (Trucks), Tyson Crowe (Hobbies) and Trampus Lacelle (Streets). Racing fans can look forward to the first ever appearance of the spectacular Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models at the Speedy Creek Raceway on July 18 and 19. Racing will start at 7 p.m. on both nights and spectators will have an opportunity to take a ride in a two-seater Late Model during intermission and between heats at $100 per ride. There will only be 11 rides per night and rides can be booked by calling Shannon at 306-741-7723.

 

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