Market Square in downtown Swift Current has become a popular gathering place for residents and visitors on Saturdays during the summer to do shopping at a variety of vendors and to enjoy quality musical entertainment. Well-known Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Megan Nash was on the stage at Market Square, Aug. 27. The song Deer Head from her 2015 album Song Harvest Volume One has been nominated in the Songwriter of the Year category at the upcoming 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards Show, which will take place at Casino Regina on Oct. 13.
The 7th annual Rusty Cage Fun Run on Aug. 27 was the largest ever gathering of motorcycle riders since the start of this event. It is organized by a group of Swift Current area motorcycle enthusiasts to raise funds for charity. This year’s ride was attended by 110 riders on 85 motorcycles. The fun run started in downtown Swift Current and the group travelled to Morse, Hodgeville, Hazenmore and Cadillac before returning to the city. The event raised a total of $5,130 for the STARS Air Ambulance. Proceeds from each year’s fun run are donated to a different charity. Beneficiaries from previous fun runs were the SPCA, Canadian Mental Health Association, KidSport, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and the Salvation Army food bank.
Creek City, a four-member folk/roots group from Swift Current and Herbert, performed songs from their new album Chronicles during an appearance on the patio at the Akropol restaurant in downtown Swift Current, Aug. 26. The group was formed in 2013 and this is their first album. The four members of the band are Dave Cyca (guitar), Donovan Epp (bass), Mark Penner (guitar) and Michael Tetrault (drums).
A car show on Friday evening, Aug. 26, kicked off a weekend of entertainment at the Living Sky Casino’s first Party on the Pavement in Swift Current. Vehicles belonging to members of the local Eliminators Car Club and the Swift Current Drag Racing Association were on display at the car show. A big tent was erected in the casino’s parking lot during the weekend for performances by different musicians. A highlight of the weekend’s activities was the Saturday night performance of the Saskatoon rock and roll band The Sheepdogs at the casino’s event centre.
Three celebrity judges had a tough task to select the finalists for the cover and monthly slots of the Swift Current SPCA’s 2017 Pet Calendar at the Swift Current Mall, Aug. 25. The judging was done by professional florist Poppy Parsons, radio personality Ken Audette and City councillor Ron Toles. Sales of the SPCA’s 2016 Pet Calendar will start this fall. The SPCA had a good response from the public to the calendar contest. There were 46 entries for the montly slots and 16 entries for the front cover. “We really want to thank everyone for their support,” Swift Current SPCA Development Officer Teresa Cole said. The next major fundraiser for the animal shelter will be the Stray Soiree fundraising dinner at Walker Place, Oct. 1. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with “yappy” hour, and a three course catered dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, silent auction and raffles. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Saskatoon music group Rosie & the Riveters. They have recently released a new album Good Clean Fun! and their appearance at the Swift Current SPCA fundraiser is part of their current tour to venues across Canada and the USA. Tickets are $55 each or $400 for a table of eight, and available at Pharmasave.
The Swift Current Broncos started preparation for the 2016-17 season with a training camp at the Credit Union iPlex, Aug. 24-28. Fitness testing took place on the first day of the camp and for the next three days the 67 players participated in dry-land training, on-ice sessions, scrimmages and goalie sessions. The camp concluded on Aug. 28 with an intra-squad game between Team White and Team Blue. The camp provided a first opportunity for new Broncos Head Coach Manny Viveiros to evaluate players for the upcoming season. The team will play two pre-season games on home ice on Sept. 10 and 16 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Prince Albert Raiders respectively. The Broncos will start the regular season on home ice against the Saskatoon Blades on Sept. 23.
It was a perfect summer day in Swift Current for car enthusiasts to appreciate the variety of vehicles on display in Riverside Park, Aug. 20. There were a total of 125 entrants in the Show and Shine, which was part of the Eliminators Car Club's 36th annual Riverside Run in the city during the weekend. A new addition to this year's car show was the 1st annual valve cover races. Contestants used valve covers fitted with wheels to compete on a mobile valve cover race track.
Athletes had an opportunity to improve their skills and learn from experienced coaches during the SunDogs Wooff volleyball camp, a two-day skills development camp hosted by the Great Plains College in the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) gymnasium. The first camp for students going to Grade 7-9 took place Aug. 17-18 and the second camp for students going to Grade 10-12 or attending Great Plains College was held Aug. 20-21. The various sessions during each camp focused on different aspects of the game, from basic positioning to forearm and overhead passing, setting, serving, attacking and blocking. Each camp was attended by around 50 participants.
Science fiction and comic characters came alive at Market Square's Crazy Costume Day, Aug. 20. A total of 24 participants dressed as their favourite characters to impress the crowd and to win some prizes. Additional excitement was provided by the presence of members of the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costume club.
A donation of $563.80 towards Dorie’s House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth in southwest Saskatchewan, was made as a result of the Crazy Costume Day on Market Square in Swift Current, Aug. 20. The donation includes a $300 cheque from the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costume club that visited Market Square for the Crazy Costume Day, as well as the proceeds from a donation box that was set up for the day on Market Square. Pictured are Garry Koebel of Sputtergotch Toy Company, the featured Market Square business of the day, Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter board member Ron Toles and Charmaine Westbury, representing Dorie’s House, with members of the 501st Legion Badlands Garrison during the cheque presentation on Market Square, Aug. 20.