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A large number of families enjoyed a relaxed afternoon at Innovation Credit Union's 36th annual Picnic in the Park at Riverside Park in Swift Current, June 4. The event included food and refreshments, a variety of displays and booths, face painting, children's games and stage entertainment.

 

The activities during Swift Current's inaugural Pride Week concluded with a Pride dance at the Lyric Theatre, June 3. Southwest Saskatchewan Pride has been hosting an annual event in the city for a number of years to highlight gender and sexual diversity, but this year's event had additional significance as a celebration of achieving a new milestone with the community's first Pride Week. The evening's entertainment included performances by local musicians and a drag show.

A variety of activities took place during Swift Current’s inaugural Pride Week from May 29 to June 3. The event was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride to celebrate the community’s diversity. On June 3 a family barbecue and Pride march took place at Market Square. Participants enjoyed live music and visited the different vendor stalls, there were free activities for children, and speeches by a number of dignitaries before the start of the Pride march.

 

The Western Major Baseball League's 2017 season got underway on June 1. The Swift Current 57's will not only be defending their 2016 championship title, but the team will be doing it while playing in their new colours and under a new name. The Swift Current 57's recognized Swift Current athletes who captured provincial or league titles during the past year during a pre-game ceremony at the Night of Champions season opener, June 1. The 57's had a solid start by winning all three home games. They opened the season with a 3-2 win against the Moose Jaw Miller Express. Returning pitcher Bobby St. Pierre gave the home team the win with five strikeouts, two hits and one unearned run over six innings. The 57's also won two games against the Melville Millionaires. Another solid pitching effort resulted in a 4-1 win for the Swift Current team on June 3, and the 57's batters exploded in the June 4 game to defeat the visitors 13-1, with Blake Adams responsible for five RBI's.

 

 

The inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current started with a flag raising ceremony that was attended by Saskatchewan's Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield. The well attended ceremony on Market Square took place at noon on May 29. A number of speakers addressed the crowd. Swift Current Pride Week was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride. As part of this inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current the first permanent rainbow crosswalk in Saskatchewan has been installed on the 200 block of Central Avenue North in the city’s downtown. A variety of Pride Week activities are scheduled during the week. Some of the main events will take place on June 3. There will be a family barbecue at Market Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inaugural Swift Current Price march will start at Market Square at noon. The week’s activities will conclude that evening with the Lyric Theatre’s annual Pride dance, starting at 8 p.m. More details about the Pride Week events are available on the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride website at www.southwestsaskpride.com

 

The 2017 Southwest Soccerfest took place in Swift Current from May 26-28. The tournament was hosted by the Swift Current United Soccer Club (SCUSC) and the Swift Current Soccer Association. It was attended by 32 teams, including 11 local teams. They played in eight divisions from U-10 to U-16. The U10 boys SCUSC Strikers finished in first spot in the four-team round robin, but lost 1-0 to the Queen City Black team in the final. The SCUSC U10 girls won their division against teams from Regina and Weyburn. In the U12 girls division the SCUSC White team placed second out of five teams with three wins. The SCUSC Lightning advanced to the final in the U12 boys division, but lost 4-0 against the Medicine Hat Barca. The three teams in the U16 boys division each finished with two wins and two losses, but the SCUSC team placed third based on the scoring formula. The SCUSC U16 girls won gold and remained undefeated in their three-team division after four matches against teams from Moose Jaw and Regina.

 

The Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Golden Gala took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, May 27. The 50th anniversary event was an opportunity to celebrate the council's efforts over the past five decades to enrich the lives of people through the arts. A special presentation was made to Agatha Dyck, who is one of the original five board members of the council. She has been an active member of the organization over the entire five decades. She was presented with an original artwork by well known Swift Current artist Eric Uglem. Singer/songwriter Stephen Maguire and the eight-piece band Memory Lane treated the audience to songs from the forties, fifties and sixties.

 

Bull riders from across the world competed at the 2017 Cody Snyder Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR) Invitational in Swift Current, May 27. This year’s event took place outdoors at Kinetic Exhibition Park instead of at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex. The change of venue was necessary due to the current replacement of the main arena ice floor slab at the i-plex. Brock Radford of Dewinton, Alberta, won this year’s Swift Current PBR Invitational. His first trophy buckle at a PBR Canada event took place on his 22nd birthday and he earned $6,043.50 in prize money. Radford was the only bull rider to hold on for the required eight seconds to score points during the final round. He was in fifth spot after the first round with a score of 83 points. He scored 78 points during the second round and there were no other qualified rides, which gave him a total of 161 points on two bulls. Jordan Hansen of Okotoks, Alberta, who had the highest score of 86.5 points after the first round, finished second overall and third overall was New Zealand bull rider Fraser Babbington. Saskatchewan bull rider Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake finished fourth on 85 points.

 

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