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Dirt racing fans finally got to see some action again in Swift Current after last month’s race was rained out. Rain also played a role this weekend, as the Saturday night race had to be rescheduled to Sunday afternoon, June 14. But the previous day’s rain helped to create a smooth looking track. This race was fan appreciation day and racing drivers were on hand during intermission to serve treats to fans in the stand. The racers also provided good entertainment on the track with close racing by the trucks, hobby stocks and street stocks. The winners of the feature races were:

Trucks – 1st #17 Chris Daniel (for Jenn Schultz), 2nd #03 Coty Smith, 3rd #01 Stuart Johnson, 4th #13 Rene Panasiuk.

Hobby stocks – 1st #11T Tyson Crowe, 2nd #24 Murray Koethler, 3rd #5 Destiny Klym, 4th #7 Carson Crowe.

Street stocks – 1st #5K Stefan Klym, 2nd #23 Troy Hunter, 3rd #86 Bradley Kehler, 4th #41 Cole Wall.

 

Saturday, 29 June 2013 13:36

Frontier Days 2013 Parade, June 29

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Acclaimed authors and committed conservationists Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson highlighted concerns over the future of 62 former PFRA community pastures and the importance of preserving Canada's prairie grasslands during a four-day tour of southwest Saskatchewan, June 24-27. Their visits to community pastures and the Grasslands National Park was arranged by Nature Canada and Public Pastures - Public Interest (PPPI), a citizen-based organization devoted to maintaining Saskatchewan's public grasslands as healthy prairie ecosystems and working landscapes. Atwood and Gibson attended an informal come-and-go reception in Val Marie on June 26, where they were joined by PPPI's Trevor Herriot, Nature Canada's Ian Davidson and Guyra Paraguay's Alberto Yanosky to talk about their trip. On June 27 the group visited the Swift Current-Webb Community Pasture before departing to Regina for the Prairie Passages fundraising dinner for grasslands education and research. For more detail about the tour, visit the PPPI website.  

National Aboriginal Day was celebrated at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on June 21, 2013. The event took place at Goodwin House, the location of a historic crossing on the South Saskatchewan River. The guest speakers were Métis elder Cecile Blanke from Swift Current, Saskatchewan Landing Park Supervisor Sheldon Kowalchuk and Wayne McKenzie of Regina. Scott Duffee from Saskatoon played on his fiddle and danced a traditional Red River jig.

 

Many people came out to do some shopping and enjoy the entertainment on the launch day of this summer's Market Square in Swift Current on June 15. A record number of 51 vendors participated and the ringing of the bell at 10 a.m. by Chuck Audette of the day's featured business W.W. Smith Insurance signalled the official start of the event. The line-up of entertainers for the day consisted of Al Hudec, the Country Strings, the Youth Advisory Band and Dave Lang & the Twin Otters. Market Square will take place every Saturday until Sept. 28.

 

 

The 2013 Relay for Life in Swift Current raised $71,638.57 for the fight against cancer. The event took place at Riverside Park, starting at 7 p.m. and continuing throughout the night as teams walked around the track. This year's guest speaker was Regina resident Dionne Warner, who is an eight times cancer survivor. A total of 105 survivors, all in yellow t-shirts, participated in the opening ceremonies along with the members of 19 teams. Shoulders-up for a Cure team members Bobby Moore and Brad Torry, who have been growing their facial hair since December, raised just over $5,500. Herb Butz shaved their beards at Relay for Life. Seven-year-old Amanda Blohm made a donation of $325.65 to Relay for Life. She raised the money by asking her friends for a donation towards Relay for Life instead of a birthday gift. During the luminary ceremony a total of 1,000 luminaries were lit to remember loved ones who  lost the battle against cancer.

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