Written by Kyla Olson
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:56
The first of many meals in the field have been delivered over the last couple days. I've been on the past two suppers to the Shaunavon area and I just want to say Thanks! Thanks to Jim Lester & Paige Girodat, as well as their friends & family, for inviting us down to share a meal with them. If you don't know this about me, I love meeting new people and learning new things. With harvest upon us, for some in full swing, I've been witness to pea crops, and how the combines work. Yes I realize that might sound big city, but its something I'm happy to learn and get my hands dirty. I have a 'redneck' soul some might say, which is why I'm so happy to be a part of the Grain Rush and back here on CMR.
There is still time to get into the Grain Rush Action, get your name into a draw barrel at a participating location and maybe I'll be joining you and your family for a Kurt's KFC Chicken Dinner.
Thanks for checking out the CMR Blog, I'll do my best to keep it updated! -Kyla
Awesome Start to Frontier Days!
Written by Colin Powers
Friday, 28 June 2013 10:07
Frontier Days is underway in Swift Current, and it got started in a big way with Florida Georgia Line! Brian and Tyler put on an awesome show in front of a packed crowd at the Grandstand. What a treat it was to see one of the hottest acts in country music performing right here in Swift Current.
The party is continuing this weekend... tonight has the first performance of the CCA Rodeo, and it will also go Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. There's also some bonus rodeo with a slack at 10:00am Saturday. The Frontier Days parade will also go Saturday morning at 10:00am starting from the Credit Union iplex, and it will work its way through the downtown along Chaplin St E, Herbert Street in front of the Art Gallery and Library, and then Central Ave N before it goes into the southside to end at the Palliser Regional Care Centre. We hope to see a lot of people lining the streets for the parade, but if you can't make it, we'll have the parade broadcast on Magic 97.1 FM.
There's also two more big grandstand shows coming up... Saturday has the big High Valley/Paul Brandt show sponsored by Robertson Implements, and supporting Joe's Place in Moose Jaw, Rock Solid Refuge in Shaunavon, The Center in Swift Current, and upgrades to the barns at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The Trews will help wrap up Frontier Days on Sunday at 8:00pm followed by the fireworks at 11:00pm!
See you at the fair!
Best in the West
Written by Colin Powers
Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:53
"Killer Kyla", AKA Kyla Olson, was the landslide winner of the Cowtown Showdown, our annual quest to find out who's the best-dressed cowboy or cowgirl in the southwest. Also, congratulations to Kathy Jennings, who was the lucky voter in the showdown. She won a $250 gift certificate from Cowtown Western Wear in Swift Current, and a Platinum Pass for Frontier Days.
Speaking of Frontier Days, the fair officially kicked off today with the WW Smith Insurance Centennial Pancake Breakfast at Market Square, and the burning of the Frontier Days brand. Day one continues with the Kiddies Day parade at 4:00pm downtown, and the big Florida Georgia Line concert at 8:00pm! They were in Calgary last night to play at MacEwan Ballroom, and I'm sure that was a show the people of Calgary needed after all that happened there last week. We hope to see a great crowd at the grandstand to welcome the hottest duo in country music today to our great city!
The rest of the weekend is also filled with fun stuff... the CCA rodeo goes Friday to Sunday, Paul Brandt and High Valley perform on Saturday, and the Trews take the stage on Sunday right before the fireworks wrap everything up at 11:00pm that night.
Have fun at the fair!
"Shotgun Schafer" Visits the Ranch
Written by Colin Powers
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:44
Today we had Swift Current Mayor Jerrod "Shotgun" Schafer come by the studio for his bi-weekly visit. Of course the Mayor and City Council teamed up with us for the Cowtown Showdown. Unfortunately, the Mayor is falling behind in the votes, so if you think he's the best-dressed cowboy, click the Cowtown Showdown link and vote for him. Voting closes on Thursday morning and one lucky voter will win a $250 gift certificate from Cowtown Western Wear in Swift Current and a Frontier Days Platinum Pass.
We did talk business of course... We discussed a couple of items from Monday's City Council meeting and Director of Engineering Mac Forster, who is retiring after 32 years with the city.
Hot Dog! It's the First Weekend of Summer!
Written by Colin Powers
Friday, 21 June 2013 18:24
Good evening! I'm a bit late putting this on, but it was such a busy day here at Country Music Radio for the first day of summer! We had our annual Golden West Radio Hot Dog Day at our studios in Swift Current and Shaunavon to celebrate the start of the new season... in Swift Current, we served around 1000 hot dogs, and in Shaunavon, 550 hot dogs were served while raising around $1700 for the local fire department! Thanks for joining us for lunch and saying hi to us!
This is a busy weekend for Swit Current... Long Days Night kicked off on Thursday with a great show from Taj Weekes and Adowa, and Old Man Markley is about to take the stage tonight. The festival wraps up with two sold-out shows... Hollerado on Saturday and Serena Ryder on Sunday. There's also the Windscape Kite Festival this weekend, with lots of fun stuff for kids of all ages! Celebrity kite flyers from all over the world will be coming in, and kids will also have a chance to learn to juggle, get their face painted, and spin plates. There will also be performances from Gustavo the Impossiblist to keep everyone entertained! It's all going on Saturday and Sunday at 11th Ave SW and Marston Street.
Of course, we are still thinking of our friends in Alberta who were hit by extreme flooding this week. Our Golden West network has stations in Okotoks and High River, two of the communities directly hit by the floods, and there have been some heartbreaking pictures and stories coming from there. You can see more reports and find out how you can help them by visiting highriveronline.com or okotoksonline.com. Calgary also took a direct hit... the city's downtown was underwater this morning, and the Saddledome, where the Flames and Hitmen play, was underwater up until the 10th row of seating. The rising water is also heading east... the City of Medicine Hat issued a state of emergency today, and flows in the South Saskatchewan River into Lake Diefenbaker are expected to peak on Monday. Releases from Gardiner Dam are being increased ahead of it, so there may be some flooding along the banks of the river. We'll keep you up to date on the situation here on Swift Current Online.
It should be another busy week next week with Frontier Days coming up next weekend, and those big concerts from Florida Georgia Line, High Valley, Paul Brandt and the Trews! We still have more concert tickets, meet and greets, and rodeo passes to give away, so stay tuned!
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