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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