Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Canada Day was celebrated in Swift Current with a flag raising ceremony in Memorial Park, which was hosted by Tourism Swift Current. The Canadian flag was raised by Rebecca Stevenson, who came to Canada from Australia and received her Canadian citizenship in 2015. She was joined by her two sons Xavier and Oliver, and their dad Wade Bridal. The speakers at the event were Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. After the formal ceremony those in attendance celebrated the country's 151st birthday with hotdogs and cake.

 

 

Members of 11 different 4-H clubs participated in three days of competition at the Frontier Days livestock show, June 29 to July 1. The livestock schedule included events such as steer and heifer shows, showmanship competitions, and team grooming competitions. A key goal of the livestock show at Frontier Days is to provide a venue for youth to improve their skills and to learn about sound livestock practices in a hands-on way.

 

Competitors of all ages participated in the light horse events at Frontier Days. The busy schedule of activities started with training clinics on June 27 and 28. Riders were able to display their horsemanship during different competitions from June 29 to July 1.

 

Miniature chuckwagon racers made their first ever appearance at Frontier Days as part of the family night entertainment in the grandstand, June 28. The evening’s program started with wild pony races, with nine participating teams from different 4-H clubs. Ten teams from the Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association participated in the chuckwagon races. Each wagon is made from solid oak and weighs about 350 pounds. It is pulled by a team of four miniature horses.

 

The SaskTel Kiddies Day Parade was one of the main attractions on the first day of the 2018 Frontier Days, June 28. The event was coordinated by the City of Swift Current’s Parks Play Program. The theme of this year's parade through the streets of downtown Swift Current was “Hats Off to Community Spirit.”

 

The 80th annual Frontier Days kicked off with the W.W. Smith Insurance pancake breakfast on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, June 28. All proceeds from the breakfast were donated to the Swift Current branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The 2018 honorary parade marshal Betty McDougall and Frontier Days ambassador Adrianna Simpson participated in the ceremony to burn the Frontier Days brand. Frontier Days took place over a four-day period until July 1 at Kinetic Exhibition Park with activities for the entire family.

 

The story of a life-size mechanical horse that was created by a Swift Current inventor is the focus of the 11th video in the Swift Current Museum's video series “Stories from Saskatchewan's Great Southwest.”

A family who came to Swift Current two years ago as refugees from Syria has started their own catering business to introduce authentic Middle Eastern cuisine to local food lovers.

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