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Ranching life was celebrated at the 11th annual Ranchman’s Ridin’ and Recitin’ in Swift Current, Sept. 23-24. The event at Kinetic Exhibition Park was hosted by the Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association to showcase the region's western heritage. It included a heavy horse competition, stock dog trials and a cattle pen show, as well as a ranch rodeo. The event included the Junior Stockman’s Show that provided youth an opportunity to develop farming and leadership skills through activities such as a showmanship competition and a cattle show. At the same time, the Little Stocker’s program was presented for children aged eight and under to learn about agriculture through educational and fun activities.

 

The Swift Current Arts Council's 2017/18 Stars for Saskatchewan concert series started on a high note with a performance by the pop/crossover group Citizen West, Sept. 21. The group combines the three voices of tenors Cody Karey, Marc Devigne and Brett Pruneau with composer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Hoffmann to provide a memorable musical experience. There will be a variety of musical performances  during the Swift Current Arts Council's 2017/18 series, which will run until May 2018. Award-winning Canadian pianist and singer-songwriter Laila Biali will perform at the next show at the Living Sky Casino event centre, Oct. 24. Her music is a blend of jazz and pop, and she has performed with notable musicians such as Sting and Diana Krall. For more information about the concert series, visit the Arts Council's website at www.scartscouncil.ca



Students returned to the food farm at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre on Sept. 21 to see what happened over the summer to the seeds planted there in the spring. The event was attended by 178 students from six schools in southwest Saskatchewan, who learned in a hands-on way about agriculture and food production. The students were from Gull Lake, Success, Waldeck, and Swift Current (École Centennial, Fairview and O.M. Irwin schools). This two-part educational program gave students an opportunity in the spring to participate in the planting of seeds and then to see the results in the fall. The initiative is coordinated by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in association with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre and other industry partners.

 

Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, was the featured author at the first Write Out Loud event of the 2017-2018 season at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Sept. 20. Nawaz is a freelance writer, journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker from Regina who uses comedy to explore the relationships between Muslims and their neighbours in contemporary North America.  The evening started with a musical performance by Maverick School Grade 12 student Catrina Kearney. Thereafter Nawaz spoke about the experience of working on the popular sitcom series Little Mosque on the Prairie as well as her new writing endeavours. She presented her idea for a new comedy about a Muslim family in the United States to the audience. She will soon be travelling to Los Angeles to present this proposal for a sitcom to U.S. television executives. She also read an excerpt from her new book, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. The Write Out Loud series presents readings by acclaimed Canadian authors to local literary fans. Write Out Loud will host award-winning western Canadian historian Bill Waiser at the Lyric Theatre, Oct. 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment.

 

Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:05

Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 17, 2017

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There were 36 participants at the 37th annual Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 17. The event started at Riverside Park and participants walked or run along the scenic Chinook Parkway on a sunny fall day. They raised $5,254 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which uses 84 cents of every dollar raised for cancer research.

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their final home game of the 2017 roller derby season against the Winnipeg Bombshell Brawlers at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex, Sept. 16. The Redneck Betties had a 122-49 lead at halftime and they continued to dominate the second half of the game to win 209-101.

 

Dirt racers from across the province competed for cash at the Speedy Creek Racing Association’s 4th annual Wild Throttle Fun racing weekend at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current, Sept. 16 and 17. The 2017 season championship winners were already decided at the previous race in August and the drivers were competing only for cash, with over $20,000 in payouts up for grabs. Below are the race results for the two days.

Napa Autoparts Hobby Stocks, Sept. 16: 1st Riley Raynard, Estevan; 2nd Ken Wicks, Tisdale, 3rd Jen Atkins, Tisdale, 4th Shane Grose, Swift Current.

Napa Autoparts Hobby Stocks, Sept. 17: 1st Riley Raynard; 2nd Ken Wicks; 3rd Jen Atkins; 4th Dave Koethler, Swift Current.

Innovation Street Stocks, Sept. 16: 1st Stefan Klym, Hanley; 2nd Trevor Monk, Swift Current; 3rd Ryan Atkins, Tisdale; 4th Randy Schultz, Swift Current.

Innovation Street Stocks, Sept. 17: 1st Stefan Klym; 2nd Ryan Atkins; 3rd Murray Koethler, Swift Current.

Tune a Matic Modifieds, Sept. 16: 1st Tyler Wagner, Weyburn; 2nd Ryan Harris, Estevan; 3rd Kelly Bauman, Weyburn; 4th Brody Crowe, Swift Current.

Tune a Matic Modifieds, Sept. 17: 1st Tyler Wagner; 2nd Ryan Harris; 3rd Stu Hagman, Alberta; 4th Jason Duclos, Swift Current.

 

 

There was a good turnout of vehicles at the 6th annual Cruisin' the Market Show and Shine in Swift Current on Sept. 16, despite the inclement weather. There were 61 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 – Rick McAlpine, 1958 Ford Edsel; Best pre-1976 GM – Jerry Biese, 1969 Camaro Indy Pacecar; Best pre-1976 Mopar – Ronald Bender, 1967 Dodge Coronet 500; Best post-1976 Ford – Gary Arnelien, 2012 Ford Mustang; Best post-1976 GM – Bob Grapko, 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Dale Jr Edition; Best post-1976 Mopar – Mike Smart, 2009 Dodge Challenger; Best truck – Janet Schultz, 1933 Ford Express; Best foreign – Ralph Schmiess, 2001 BMW Z3; Special interest – Don McKay, 1976 Ford F-100; Best foreign motorcycle – Andy Boruch, 2009 Yamaha 113 Raider; Best North American motorcycle – Mike Carlin, 1972 custom 1,340cc chopper; Best vintage motorcycle – Brad Bakken, 1941 Indian Scout 45; Special mention – Richard Moffit, 1940 Dodge half ton rat rod; Participants choice – Rick McAlpine, 1958 Ford Edsel; People's choice – Mike Reimer, 1934 Ford Model A; Longest distance – Jesse and Joanne Adrienne from Blythe, California.

 
Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:55

Go Green Friday in Swift Current, Sept. 15, 2017

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Volunteers helped to plant trees and shrubs at various locations around Swift Current during the 9th annual Go Green Friday, Sept. 15. The event was hosted by Stark & Marsh and Innovation Credit Union in partnership with the City of Swift Current. Over 100 volunteers helped to plant 73 trees, 145 shrubs and 500 perennials. The Go Green event has made a significant contribution to beautify the community since it was started by Stark & Marsh, and volunteers have planted over 2,200 trees and shrubs since 2009.

 

A large crowd attended the Thursday Night Lights football game between the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts and the visiting Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Cyclones, Sept. 14.  It was the fourth year the Colts hosted a game under lights, but this was the first time that the night game was also the team's home opener. The team had a good start to the season the previous week, when the Colts won 39-14 against the Eagles in Weyburn. Their home opener did not go as planned for the Colts and they lost 34-14 to the Cyclones. The Colts were playing defence for most of the first half and the Cyclones had a 21-0 lead at halftime. The Moose Jaw team extended their lead to 34-0 in the fourth quarter, when Colts players Nic Bachiu and Brady McCarty-Moen scored touchdowns for the home team.

 

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