Motorcyclists supported the fight against prostate cancer at the 2017 Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, June 10. This was the fifth year that the event took place in the city. It was attended by 157 riders and the event raised $22,600. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Members of the Eliminators Car Club participated in the parade. After the parade the motorcycle riders participated in a poker rally on a route through southwest Saskatchewan that took them to Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Eastend, Maple Creek and back to Swift Current. 


The 3rd annual Southwest Run for Shelter took place in Swift Current, June 10. The event is organized by the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) as a fundraiser for the operation of Dorie's House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth that opened in Swift Current in January. There were 43 runners at this year's event. They had a choice of running a full or half marathon, or otherwise shorter distances of five and 10 kilometres. Below are the results for the fastest female and male runners in each event:

Marathon – fastest female Mailyn Leyeza (4:44.48), fastest male Rizalito Conijos (4:23.23); Half marathon – fastest female Ana Marie Espiritu (2:17.52), fastest male Ian Kennedy (1:43.40); 10 km – fastest female Danielle Bourgeois (52: 13.7), fastest male Wes Ginter (47:35); 5 km – fastest female Keleah Ostrander (25:11), fastest male Stacy Bolton (24:44).


Dirt racers were back on the track at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current on June 9 and 10 for Speedy Creek Racing Association’s (SCRA) second race weekend of the season. The SCRA will host a special event on July 15, starting at 1 p.m., when a demolition derby will take place at the speedway. This will be the first time in close to two decades that a demolition derby will be presented in the city. More details about the event is available on the SCRA website at

Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre provides local musicians with a venue to share their talent at the regular Open Stage events, which take place the second Thursday of every month. A variety of musical genres and styles were represented at the most recent Open Stage, June 8, which was emceed by local bluesman Doug Sawatzky. The next Open Stage will take place on July 13. At each event there is an open jam for musicians from 7-8 p.m., and the show starts at 8.


Students from across southwest Saskatchewan learned more about the important role of farmers in the province to provide the food that students and their families will eat every day during the Food Farm event at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, June 6 and 7. A total of 160 students from six communities attended sessions during the two days. There were students from Cabri, Gull Lake, Kyle, Success, Swift Current and Waldeck. They learned in an interactive and hands-on way from industry experts about where the ingredients come from for familiar foods such as pizza, burgers, and fries. They planted seeds in a plot and they will return in the fall to harvest their crops. This two-part educational program takes place through a partnership between Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre.


The 29th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 4 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's annual Picnic in the Park. The community showed great support for the duck derby and 1,557 plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. This was double the number of ducks sold for last year's event. This year's duck derby also included a 50/50 raffle and the total proceeds were $12,857.50. This is three times the amount raised at last year's event. The funds will be used to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including the safe shelter, crisis line, outreach programs for women, men, children, youth, families and couples, as well as violence prevention education and second-stage housing.


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.

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