Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Canadian Rescue Hovercraft Pilots Association (CRHPA) hosted the 2018 Great Canadian Hover Rally in southwest Saskatchewan during the August long weekend. Four hovercraft and an amphibious all-terrain vehicle were on display at Riverside Park in Swift Current, Aug. 3. A public demonstration event took place at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on Aug. 4, where people could take a close look at these vehicles and see them in action. The rally provided an opportunity for hovercraft owners to get together and to also talk to others about air-cushion vehicles. Members of the CRHPA’s Amphibious Response Support Unit No. 1 (ARSU1), which is based in Regina, were present during the weekend to talk about water safety. The four hovercraft at the event ranged from a home-built craft to a luxury hovercraft imported from Russia. Rob Hoban of Vancouver Island Hovercraft in Ladysmith, B.C., attended the event with his Sevtec Surveyor hovercraft and the CRHPA’s ARSU1 brought their Canadian-built AR45 hovercraft. Delroy Fauth of Amphibious Crafts Enterprises in North Battleford brought a Russian-built Christy hovercraft, the first one imported to Canada. Bill and Marie Cookshaw from De Winton, Alberta, attended the Great Canadian Hover Rally in their home-built UH-14P hovercraft. Bill built the craft for less than $5,000 over a period of two-and-a-half years, spending about 300 hours. The composite hull is made from foam, plywood and fibreglass and it has a 30 horsepower Brigss & Stratton engine. Representatives from SHERP Canada attended the first two days of the event with the SHERP amphibious all-terrain vehicle. It has a fully sealed body and the large tubeless tires enable it to reach a water speed of up to six kilometres per hour.

 


 

A record number of people attended an organic and low-input agricultural systems field day and tradeshow in Swift Current, Aug. 1. A total of 157 people registered for the event, which was hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre (SCRDC). This year’s event was based at Walker Place in Swift Current. The larger venue made it easier to accommodate more participants and to have a trade show. The tour of the field plots took place during the morning. Participants then returned to Walker Place for lunch and various presentations during the afternoon.


 

The Swift Current 57’s was eliminated by the Regina Red Sox in the first round of the 2018 Western Major Baseball League playoffs. The 57’s finished second in the Eastern division during the regular season with a 28-20 record while the Red Sox was third with a 26-21 record. The initial two games of the best of five playoff series took place in Swift Current. The Red Sox won the first game 9-6 on July 31, but the 57’s tied the series with a 7-5 win on Aug. 1. The Red Sox won the next two games in Regina to win the series 3-1, but both games were nail biters. In the Aug. 2 game the 57’s battled back from a 7-0 deficit after the fourth inning to have a 9-7 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Red Sox forced an extra innings with a two-run home run, and then scored a run to win 10-9. In the Aug. 3 game the 57’s scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, but the Red Sox clinched the series with a run to win 4-3. Regina is playing against Weyburn in the Eastern division final while Edmonton and Medicine Hat are playing in the Western division final.


Visitors to the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current had an opportunity to learn more about the traditional art of blacksmithing during a blacksmith hammer-in at the William Ball blacksmith shop, July 29. This blacksmith shop was originally operated by Ball in the small community of Valjean from 1914 to 1958. The shop was donated to Doc's Town in 1981 and still contains all the original equipment used by Ball. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The buildings at Doc's Town are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day. Upcoming events include hymn singing at the old church on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., a line dance party at the Airmen's Billet on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m., a country music jam session at the Airmen's Billet on Aug. 12 at 2 p.m., a day for kids from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 19, a non-denominational church service at 11 a.m. on Aug. 26, and a harvest dance at the Airmen's Billet on Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

 

The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the second drag racing weekend of the 2018 season at the Swift Current Airport, July 28 and 29. Drag racers from across western Canada and some from the United States competed in the races on the airfield dragstrip. The final race weekend of the year will provide a lot of entertainment and action, starting with a Friday fun night on Aug. 24, which is open to people who want to use their daily vehicles to try out drag racing. In addition to the regular racing on Aug. 25 and 26, the Saskatchewan Fastest Streetcar Shootout will take place on Aug. 25.

 

Swift Current Minor Baseball and the Pee Wee AA Swift Current 57's hosted the 2018 Pee Wee AA Tier 1 provincial baseball championships, July 27-29. Eight teams competed for the provincial title, starting with round robin games in two pools. The Swift Current 57's was eliminated at the end of the second day with one win after three games in pool B. The 57’s lost their opening game 12-5 against the Weyburn Beavers on July 27. The Swift Current team played two games on July 28. They lost 15-3 to the Muenster Red Sox, but the 57’s finished on a high note with a 21-9 victory against the Lumsden Cubs. The Sask Five Giants claimed the championship title on July 29 when they scored a 7-6 win against the Lloydminster Twins.

 

The Art Gallery of Swift Current's annual outdoor art camp for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 took place at Gowan's Grove, about 20 minutes south of the city. The week-long camp was attended by 20 youth from July 16-20 and there were 12 participants at the July 23-27 camp. Activities took place in a big top tent set up at a scenic spot next to the Swift Current Creek. During the mornings the students undertook art expeditions into the landscape to draw, paint and photograph nature, while they also visited nearby teepee rings and a quarts hill. In the afternoons they worked on sculpture projects and on hot days a swim in the creek provided cool relief. Each week concluded with an exhibition of student artwork, which was open to parents to attend. On each Thursday afternoon there was a special presentation by Métis cart builder George Fayant of Regina, who spoke about the history and importance of the Red River cart. The presentation on July 26 was attended by seniors from retirement residences in Swift Current. Fayant showed students how Métis travellers floated their carts across a river and students then had an opportunity to float a mini cart across the creek.

 

More international students will have an opportunity to further their education through programs offered by Great Plains College. The college is expanding its international program and additional enrolment options are now available for international students at both the Kindersley and Swift Current campus.

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.

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