The Swift Current Redneck Betties hosted the Scarlet Fever roller derby team from Brandon, Manitoba at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, June 23. The two teams engaged in a hard hitting game, but the fast-moving Redneck Betties jammers scored points at a greater rate to secure a 230-91 win for the home team. Swift Current wrestler Aleah Nickel, who will be competing for Team Canada at the world championships in Croatia in early July, attended the roller derby. In the spirit of supporting women in sport, the South West Saskatchewan Roller Derby Association donated the 50/50 proceeds from the game to Nickel to assist her with travel costs. The Redneck Betties will play their next home game against the Weyburn Strait Jackets on Sept. 15.


Soapbox racers continued a long-time Father's Day tradition in Swift Current when they raced downhill along Central Avenue North in their colourful race cars, June 17. There were 23 participants in the 36th annual Father's Day Soapbox Race, which was hosted by the Swift Current Soapbox Racing Association. Most of the racers were local, and the two out of town drivers came from Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw. Below are the race results:

Senior A side: 1st Aiden Jahnke, 2nd Jacob Dickson, 3rd Joshua Laverdiere, 4th Serenity Laverdiere.

Senior B side: 1st Summer Rose (Medicine Hat), 2nd Jonas Shultz, 3rd Ayden Snyder, 4th Nicole Pelletier.

Junior A side: 1st Kaleb Snyder, 2nd Jake Wiebe, 3rd Ethan Hall, 4th Anahra Henderson.

Junior B side: 1st Elliot Jahnke, 2nd Violet Saretsky, 3rd Owen Schultz, 4th Zayden Dussault.

Sportsmanship winners: Junior – Danica Finlay (Moose Jaw), Senior – Daeten Ratzlaff.

Grease Monkey (Junior) and Wrench Master (Senior) trophies were awarded to racers who were the most hands-on with their cars, either with breakdowns or building the cars. The Grease Monkey trophy winner is Waylan Ratzlaff and the Wrench Master trophy recipient is Colten Klassen.


The popular Market Square in downtown Swift Current opened for a new season, June 16. The event takes place every Saturday throughout the summer until Sept. 29. The season's opening day was well attended. People enjoyed live music, shopped for fresh produce at the farmers market and visited the many food and other vendors at the market. A notable change this year is the new starting time. The market opens 30 minutes earlier at 9:30 a.m. and activities wind down at 2:30 p.m. This is Market Square's eighth year. The event's success was recognized last year with a provincial award from the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards program in the category for a winning practice.


The Swift Current 57's ended last week on a three-game winning streak at home with two wins against the Melville Millionaires (5-4 on June 14 and 7-1 on June 15) and a 8-5 win against Fort McMurray Giant on June 16. It improved the Swift Current team's record since the start of the season to six wins and eight losses. The league leaders after last week's games were the Weyburn Beavers in the eastern conference with no losses after 12 games and the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the western conference with a 10-2 record.


Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre presented an evening of live music by local talent at the monthly Open Stage, June 14. Each event is a musical journey of discovery for audience members, who might see a musician’s first-time appearance on stage or hear an impromptu jam session by experienced performers. This popular event takes place the second Thursday of every month. There will be a special Open Stage on July 12 that takes place on the opening day of the Chautauqua performing arts festival. Open Stage will therefore start later than usual at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free.


The Treaty 4 flag was raised during a ceremony on Market Square in Swift Current, June 11. The event was hosted by the Southwest Multicultural Association and partner organizations to highlight the City of Swift Current’s proclamation of June 10-16 as Truth and Reconciliation Week in the city. Bula Ghosh of the Southwest Multicultural Association emceed the event. The speakers were Swift Current Deputy Mayor Ron Toles, who also raised the flag, and Métis elder Cecile Blanke. Participants read out call to action item on families from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.


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