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Swift Current Minor Baseball and the Midget AA Swift Current 57's hosted the 2017 Midget AA Tier 1 provincial baseball championships, July 21-23. Eight teams competed for the provincial title. The Swift Current 57's was eliminated with only one win after three games in pool A. The Swift Current team lost their opening game on July 21 when they gave up a lead of three runs in the bottom of the final innings to give the Midwest Diamondbacks a 10-9 win. The Swift Current 57's made a comeback on July 22 when they won 11-0 against the Regina Buffalos, but the 57's then lost 12-3 to the Moose Jaw Canucks to finish third in Pool A. The Northwest Prairie Pirates won the provincial title after a 3-0 win against the Parkland Expos in the gold medal game, July 23. The Prairie Pirates reached the final after eliminating the Moose Jaw Canucks 12-2 in the semi-final and the Expos won 11-2 against the Midwest Diamondbacks in the other semi-final.

 

Various interesting vehicles and machinery were on show at the Doc's Town antique tractor and classic car display, July 16. This annual show in Hansen Park has been a longstanding part of the summer activities hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current. The buildings are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day and special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon. The Country Pleasures Tea Room, a popular stop for visitors who want to enjoy a slice of homemade pie or other treats, will remain open through September.

 

The first in a series of free bi-weekly events in Swift Current to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre, July 15. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. The audience at the first event watched performances by world champion hoop dancer Terrance Littletent of Regina and Cuban band Brisas del Palmar. The next event on July 29 will have performances by the Creeland Dancers and the Swift Current progressive rock band, The Moon Runners.

 

A large crowd attended the Appetite for Destruction demolition derby at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current, July 15. This was the first time in almost 20 years that a demolition derby took place in the city. It was organized by the Speedy Creek Racing Association as a fundraiser for the club. Justin Hanson of Hodgeville won the King of the Ring title after his vehicle was the only one still moving at the end of the final round. Dakota Lange of Swift Current finished second and Luke Howe of Stewart Valley was third. Matthew Palaschak of Val Marie was the winner of the consolation event. Lange received the prize for best looking car.

 

The 2017 Mosquito AA Tier 1 provincial championship took place in Swift Current, July 14-16. Seven teams competed for the provincial title. The Swift Current 57's played in pool B against teams from Lloydminster and Lumsden. On Friday the Swift Current 57's lost their first game 3-1 against the Lumsden Cubs, but won 11-5 against the Lloydminster Twins. All three teams had one win and one loss after their two pool games, and a tiebreaking formula was used to determine their ranking. The Swift Current 57's was ranked second behind the Lloydminster Twin. In the playoff round on Saturday the Swift Current 57's won 16-2 against the Battleford Beavers, but on Sunday the Swift Current team was eliminated in the semi-final game when they lost 11-10 to the Weyburn Element Beavers, who had finished first in pool A. The Weyburn team became provincial champions after winning the gold medal game 8-6 against the Muenster Red Sox. Baseball Saskatchewan representative Neil Hogg, throws the ceremonial first pitch during the opening ceremonies for the Mosquito AA Tier 1 provincial championship, July 14. An announcement was made during the opening ceremonies that a commemorative plaque in honour of the late Sharon Hogg will be installed at Sharon Hogg Field in recognition of her dedication and contribution to baseball in Swift Current and in the province. She passed away from cancer in December 2014.

 

Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to musicians to showcase their talents during the Open Stage event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month. The audience enjoyed performances in a variety of musical genres at the most recent Open Stage, July 13. The next Open Stage will take place on Aug. 10. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 

A blessing ceremony for a full-size replica of a Red River cart took place at Lac Pelletier Regional Park, July 13. Swift Current resident John Froese built the cart and donated it to the park. The cart is mounted on a cement pad in a visible location near the Meadows campground next to the main road through the park. The dedication ceremony was arranged by Métis elder and Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke.

 

The Lyric Theatre hosted the 10th annual Chautauqua Performing Arts Festival in Swift Current, July 6-8. Four diverse productions were on stage at this year's event while local performers provided entertainment as opening acts. Festival patrons were also able to enjoy music by local musicians on an outdoor patio set up by the Lyric Theatre during the festival. The Chautauqua Festival recalls an important part of the Lyric Theatre's heritage. The theatre was originally used for Vaudeville shows, which was a series of unrelated theatrical acts and performances.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library celebrated the start of the TD Summer Reading Club, a program of Canadian public libraries, with an opening party, July 6. Children participated in a variety of activities during the afternoon, including different pioneer games such as hoop roll and ring toss, as well as milking a cardboard cow. The goal of the TD Summer Reading Club is to encourage children to read over the summer. There are different TD Summer Reading Club activities for children between the ages 2-13 at the library on every Tuesday at 2 p.m. from July 11 to Aug. 8. The summer program will conclude with a wrap-up party at 1 p.m. on Aug. 11, when children can read a story to Shimmer, the literacy donkey. For more information about the summer program activities, contact the Swift Current Branch Library at 306-778-2752 or visit the library website at http://swiftcurrentlibrary.ca

 

Soap box 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 18. There were 19 participants in this year's event, with 10 junior and nine senior racers. Below are the Swift results for the Current Soap Box Racing Association's 35th annual race:

Senior A side: 1st Cassandra Katorynych, 2nd Jacob Dickson, 3rd Joshua Laverdiere, 4th Caeden Ivey.

Senior B side: 1st Serenity Laverdiere, 2nd Aiden Jahnke, 3rd Caden Kenny, 4th Amisha Hockridge.

Junior A side: 1st Nicole Pelletier, 2nd Lucas Ivey, 3rd Conner Jesney, 4th Jonas Schultz.

Junior B side: 1st Ayden Snyder, 2nd Aidan Cox, 3rd Sophia Laverdiere, 4th Kate Klonarakis.

 

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