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Monster trucks in Swift Current, Aug. 5, 2016

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Monster trucks were kicking up dust and flying through the air during a two-night show called Monsters and Mayhem in Swift Current on Aug. 5 and 6. There was a good turnout on both nights for the shows at Kinetic Exhibition Park, which were presented by Speedy Creek Racing Association in association with the Yorkton based Performance Promotions and the Outlaws of Motorsports.


Doc''s Town Heritage Village in Swift Current celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Turnhill School building on July 30 and 31. A reunion of former students and staff took place during the weekend as part of the celebration. Turnhill School was originally located northeast of Waldeck. The first school building at this site was constructed in 1906. It was replaced in 1912 with another building, which burnt down in 1914. The building at Doc’s Town was the third structure on the Turnhill School site. It was constructed in 1916 when local ratepayers donated six days of their labour. The school was closed in 1961 and students were transported by bus to Waldeck. Ratepayers decided to keep the building as a community centre, but in 1965 it was donated to the Swift Current Centennial and Jubilee Association. It was moved to the Swift Current fair grounds, where it was one of the first three buildings at the Doc’s Town Heritage Village.


An opening reception for the Southwest Open exhibition took place in the West Wing Gallery at Swift Current’s Kinetic Exhibition Park, July 31. A walk and talk tour took place during the afternoon, with artists in attendance to talk about their works. The exhibition reflects the diverse talents of semi-professional and amateur artists in southwest Saskatchewan. The exhibition takes place until Sept. 5. The West Wing Gallery is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday and on holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m.


A fundraising luncheon for the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre was held in downtown Swift Current, July 29. The luncheon, which took place at the Seniors Centre, was hosted by Ricardo Morin, the owner of Soup and Such. A live auction took place during the luncheon and three local musicians - Henry Banman, Ron Reimche and Mel Hoffart - played country and gospel music. The event raised $2,354 for the campaign to keep the Seniors Centre open. According to Morin, who is the vice president and spokesperson of the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre, the campaign has already raised nearly $11,000. The goal is to raise $60,000 for much needed maintenance and repair work to the building. These upgrades are essential to keep the building open as a place for seniors to meet and socialize. For more information about the fundraising initiative by the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre or to make a donation, contact Ricardo Morin from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 306-773-0373.


Participants in this summer’s program at the Saskatchewan Abilities Council Swift Current branch enjoyed a day at Riverside Park with local celebrities, July 28. The event was attended by Telemiracle Teddy, City Councillor Ron Toles, members of the local media, Swift Current EMS and the Swift Current Fire Department. The celebrity day was just one of many Summer Fun program activities during the period July 4 to Aug. 12. There are 23 participants in this year’s program.


The 22nd annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current, July 24. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in two large vats, each containing about 40 litres of boiling oil. The event was well attended and volunteers sliced 40 large watermelons during the afternoon. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The annual a cappella sing-along in the historic Sommerfeld Church at the village will take place on Aug. 21, starting at 2:30 p.m. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 1.


People filled the pews in the old church building at Doc's Town Heritage Village to listen to cowboy poetry, July 24. Swift Current's Bryce Burnett and Bev Currie and Marvin Auseth of Success shared their poetry with an appreciative audience. Currie also spoke about his unsuccessful efforts to write a prize-winning limerick for a CBC Radio limerick contest. Doc's Town, located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, hosts activities every Sunday afternoon during the summer. The 100th anniversary celebration for the one-room Turnhill School building takes place this weekend, with a reunion for staff and students on July 30 and 31, as well as a public reception on July 31 at 3 p.m.


A variety of interesting vehicles and machinery were on show at the Doc's Town antique tractor and classic car display, July 17. This annual show in Hansen Park has been a longstanding hallmark of the summer activities hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon and admission is free. The Country Pleasures Tea Room is a popular stop for visitors who want to enjoy a slice of homemade pie or other treats. Doc's Town is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m.


A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the official opening of the historic Goodwin House as a visitors centre and administrative office at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park took place on July 16. The old stone building, a familiar landmark next to Highway No. 4 at Saskatchewan Landing, was built between 1897 and 1900. The relatives of people who had an association with the house in the past attended the event.  Métis elder Cecile Blanke, whose grandfather Leon LaRocque helped to build the house, was one of the speakers at the event. David Noble, a descendant of Art and Besse Smith, was also present at the celebration. The Smith family owned the house from 1928 to 1959. The activities during the afternoon included children’s games, face painting, Métis jigging and fiddling, as well as tours of Goodwin House. There was a grand entry at  2 p.m., which was followed by speeches by dignitaries and the cutting of the anniversary cake. Parks Manager Dave Silversides spoke about the park's duty to preserve and promote the natural and cultural history of Saskatchewan Landing. South West Park Area Regional Director Brant Seifert attended the grand opening on behalf of the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. He noted that Goodwin House will continue to be an icon for the park. Silversides presented Swift Current resident Shirley Van Kannel with a gift to acknowledge her service to the park. She worked at Goodwin House after it opened as a visitors centre and she was always eager to share her knowledge about the history of the building and the park with others.



Engines were roaring again at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current as dirt racers returned to the track after a nearly month-long absence. The track was in a good condition on July 15, despite some heavy rain earlier the week. Another downpour on Saturday afternoon resulted in the postponement of that evening's race to Sunday afternoon. The feature race winners on July 15 were Kelly Baumann (Boston Pizza Modifieds), Stefan Klym (Innovation Credit Union Street Stocks) and Kevin Prestie (NAPA Auto Parts Hobby Stocks). The feature race winners on July 17 were Jason Duclos (Modifieds), Daryl Kehler (Street Stocks) and Shayne Grose (Hobby Stocks). The overall points leaders after five race days are Kelly Baumann (Modifieds), Stefan Klym (Street Stocks) and Trevor Monk (Hobby Stocks). The next race day is Aug. 13, when racing starts at 7 p.m.


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