The Swift Current SPCA's 3rd annual Pets in the Park dog walk on Sept. 9 raised around $5,000 for the local animal shelter with the support of local pet owners and various sponsors. The event, which started and ended in Riverside Park, took participants on a walk along a section of the Chinook Parkway. A total of 19 dogs were entered in the event. Dog owners qualified to participate in the walk by collecting at least $50 in pledges for the shelter. My Dog-licious Treats owner Margarita Ojeda exhibited her home-made dog cookies, which are made from fruits and vegetables with no preservatives. She donated treats for the doggy swag bags provided at the dog walk. Tara McKay of Kutz N Kisses Pet Grooming donated $105 from nail clips provided at the event to the Swift Current SPCA. She makes home visits to provide pet grooming services in the comfort of a pet's own home.


Swift Current Skateboarding Inc. (SCSI) hosted an outdoor skateboard competition at the Kiwanis skateboard park in Riverdene Park, Sept. 8. The event was well attended and 14 contestants entered the competition, including some from Regina. There were three categories of competition, based on skill level. SCSI is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a safe and fun environment for skateboarders of all ages. The group will be hosting indoor Thursday skate nights this fall and winter at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre from Oct. 25 to March 28. Below are the results of the outdoor skateboard competition:

Advanced/Open – 1st Calvin Wason, 2nd TPR, 3rd Taylor Wotypka; Intermediate – 1st Nick Desloges, 2nd Ayden Moen, 3rd Tyson Huxted; Beginner – 1st Raeya Hartley, 2nd Peydence Hartley, 3rd Jude Pritchard, Best Bail – Nick Desloges.


There was a large turnout of vehicles at the 7th annual Cruisin' the Market Show and Shine in Swift Current, Sept. 8. There were 100 entries for the event at Market Square, which included a wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles from different eras. The category winners were:

Best pre-1976 Ford – Garry Redekop, 1932 Ford Roadster; Best pre-1976 GM – Sean Haile, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle; Best pre-1976 Mopar – John Begin, 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee; Best post-1976 Ford – Gary Arnelien, 2012 Ford Mustang; Best post-1976 GM – Roland Loewen, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette; Best post-1976 Mopar – Tim Bickner, 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon; Best truck – Dana Zacharuk, 1950 Studebaker half-ton; Best foreign – Reece Digney, 2017 Toyota 86; Special interest – Dan Hawken, 1953 Monarch Radical Custom; Best foreign motorcycle – Sheldon Penner, 1981 Yamaha XJ550 Maxim; Best North American motorcycle – Darrel Unger, 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster; Best vintage motorcycle – Al Kaufmann, 1930-40 Excelsior depression bike; Work in Progress – Greg Nicoll, 1970 Plymouth Satellite; Participants Choice – Bob Talaga, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro; People's Choice – Wayne Gorrill, 1968 GMC half-ton; Longest distance – Don Sinclair from St. Albert (700 km), 1984 Buick Regal Ltd.; Best drag racer – Al Kaufmann, 2008 Hamster dragster; Rat Rod – Richard Moffit, 1940 Dodge half-ton.


A flagraising ceremony took place at City Hall on Sept. 4 in recognition of the proclamation of Sept. 2-8 as SaskAbilities Awareness Week in Swift Current. This was the first time that the new SaskAbilities flag was raised for the annual awareness week in the city since the organization's rebranding in 2017. The flag was raised by Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and Cypress Hills-Grasslands Member of Parliament David Anderson was also in attendance. Two events took place during the week to highlight and celebrate the work of SaskAbilities in the community. There was a community barbeque at Market Square on Sept. 6 and SaskAbilities Swift Current Branch hosted an open house and special needs equipment grand re-opening event on Sept. 7 at the organization’s main location.


Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:45

Swift Current SPCA Pooch Plunge, Sept. 3, 2018

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Dogs and their owners had a good time at the Fairview Pool in Swift Current during the Swift Current SPCA's Pooch Plunge, Sept. 3, which took place in partnership with the City of Swift Current's Aquatic Department. All proceeds from this end-of-season dog swim will go to the Swift Current SPCA.


The 6th annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show took place in Swift Current, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The event started on Aug. 31 with the public speaking competition in the training centre at the Pattison Agriculture dealership. The remaining activities took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The event drew 145 participants from Alberta and Saskatchewan, and there were even two participants from Australia. The event provided an opportunity for youth up to the age of 21 years with an interest in livestock and agriculture to develop skills and knowledge through showmanship and team grooming competitions, while an open entry prospect steer show and a conformation show for different breed classes also took place during the weekend. Participants were able to express their creativity in the art and photography contests, and there were educational workshops. The show included the Little Ranchers program with learning opportunities in a fun environment for children eight years and younger. This year's Little Ranchers theme was soil and grass, and they learned about soil erosion on farms, the different plants in the prairie ecosystem, and the importance of grazing plans.


The Harvest for Hope initiative continues to raise funds for the work done by Rock Solid Refuge to help teens to overcome their challenges. Farmers came together on Aug. 31 to harvest a canola crop on 120 acres of land made available for this fundraiser by Wendell Patzer. This was the sixth crop that was harvested on this land, which is located a few kilometres south of Swift Current along Highway No. 4. Eight combines and six trucks showed up for the harvest.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) concluded the 2018 drag racing season on a high note with a well attended racing weekend at the Swift Current Airport. This was the third racing weekend hosted by SCDRA during 2018 at the airport landing strip. SCDRA President Greg McKay said 75 drivers participated in the Friday Fun Night on Aug. 24 and 140 drivers were competing on the drag strip during the regular race day, Aug. 25. The racing action on Saturday included some of the fastest street legal vehicles in the province that competed in the Saskatchewan Fastest Street Car Shootout. The final day of racing on Aug. 26 had to be cancelled due to rain, but overall it was a good way for the SCDRA to conclude the season.


There was entertainment for the entire family at the Swift Current Stock Car Association (SCSCA) race weekend, Aug. 24 and 25. On Friday night there were bicycle races for the children during intermission and Saturday night was kids day with prices for all ages and an opportunity to receive candy from drivers during intermission. Drivers competed in three racing classes on both nights and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. The final two races of the 2018 SCSCA racing season will take place on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 2 p.m., when the championship winners will be determined.


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