The 14th annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival took place in Swift Current, June 23-24. The event has become a major attraction in the city that draws visitors from across Saskatchewan and other provinces as well as other countries. It is the only kite festival in the province and one of only a handful of kite flying events in Canada. Windscape 2018 was attended by an estimated 8,500 people and the event's success was made possible with the help of over 200 volunteers. Festival visitors were able to watch choreographed kite flying by celebrity flyers or they could learn how to fly a kite in the public area, while many other activities provided entertainment for the entire family.



A musical celebration of the summer solstice took place at the Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current, June 21-24. There were four nights of quality entertainment under a big top tent by entertainers from different musical genres. The tent was packed on opening night for the appearance of the popular Saskatchewan band The Dead South, who won the 2018 Juno award for traditional roots album of the year with their unique blend of bluegrass and classic folk. Swift Current alternative rock  band The Moon Runners started a night of high energy music on June 22 with their scientist rock. The Vancouver-based The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer then played their gritty blues-rock. The June 23 performers were the Saskatoon band The Steadies, which combines rock and reggae to create island rock, and the Vancouver eight-piece band Five Alarm Funk that mixes up gypsy-rock with afro-funk and a few other genres. The festival concluded on June 24 with a performance by roots rock artist Terra Lightfoot from Hamilton, Ontario, who included Swift Current as a stop on her current North American and European tour. Pictured are performances by The Dead South, The Moon Runners, and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.


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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Pride Week in Swift Current, June 4-9, 2018

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A variety of activities took place during Swift Current’s 2nd annual Pride Week from June 4-10. The event was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride to celebrate the community’s diversity. On June 9 a family barbecue and Pride march took place at Market Square. Participants enjoyed live music by singer-songwriter Megan Nash and visited different vendor stalls, while there were free activities and games. There were a number of speeches by dignitaries before the start of the Pride march, which took participants through the downtown area and across Saskatchewan's first permanent rainbow crosswalk. The Lyric Theathre hosted a drag show and dance as part of the 2018 Pride Week activities in Swift Current, June 9. The drag performers from Regina and Winnipeg dazzled the audience with their glamorous outfits and dance moves.

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Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 9, 2018

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Motorcyclists supported the fight against prostate cancer at the 2018 Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, June 9. This was the fifth anniversary of the event in Swift Current. It was attended by 165 registered riders and total donations were $30,045. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Riders then 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 Motorcycle Ride for Dad Swift Current Chapter donated $40,000 to the University of Saskatchewan at the breakfast, which will be used for prostate cancer research. Sixty per cent of funds raised are donated towards research and 40 per cent are used to raise awareness about the most common cancer in men. Swift Current is one of only two communities in Saskatchewan that hosts an annual Ride for Dad. The other ride is held in Saskatoon.


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