Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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.

 

Summer is a busy time at the Swift Current Branch Library with various activities for children and youth. Staff from the Saskatchewan Science Centre's Go! Science outreach program visited the library on July 19 for an afternoon of learning and fun. Participants used different materials to create structures and they also built robots. Pictured, children created structures that were then tested by J.P. Belanger, an outreach educator with the Go! Science program, with a foam ball shooting blaster and a leaf blower. For more information about events at the different libraries in southwest Saskatchewan, visit the Chinook Regional Library website at www.chinooklibrary.ca

 

 On Monday July 23rd at approximately 7 a.m., the Fort Macleod and Claresholm RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 519 near Range Road 242.
 

Alberta ultra runner Dave Proctor is making his way across the prairies on a mission to run across the country in a record-breaking 66 days while raising $1 million for rare disease research.

Trapshooters from across western Canada competed at a well attended provincial championship hosted by the Swift Current Trap Club in its 40th anniversary year.

Two cowboy poets shared their observations about rural life with an appreciative audience at the cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, July 15. People filled the pews of the old church building at Doc's Town to listen to Swift Current's Bryce Burnett and Brian Anderson of Hazlet. The heritage village is open to the public throughout the summer and admission is free. Hours of operation are from Friday to Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. Various program activities take place every Sunday afternoon. There will be an antique tractor and classic car display on July 22 from 1-5 p.m., including a parade of vehicles.

 

Every Saturday throughout the summer the popular Market Square in Swift Current attracts a lot of people to the downtown area. There is always an interesting mix of live music entertainment on the main stage, and on July 14 people were treated to a performance by the Celtic folk duo A New Ground from Kitchener, Ontario. Claryssa Webb on fiddle and vocals, and Ryan Dugal on guitar and vocals have just released their debut vocal album Forge the Sky. They are performing at various venues around southwest Saskatchewan and southeast Alberta during July as part of their 2018 summer tour. They concluded their performance at Market Square with a jam session involving local musician Al Hudec.

 

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