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Chautauqua Returns Next Week!

Lyric Phase One Outside

Another big summer event returns to Swift Current July 8th to 11th, as the Chautauqua Summer Theatre Festival goes at the historic Lyric Theatre, featuring six touring one-act plays over four days.

Magic 97 has 10 passes to the Chautauqua shows to give away and we're going to ask some trivia questions every morning and afternoon on our Facebook page. A lot of the questions are pretty tricky, so we're going to post all of the answers here:

1. Where did the first Chatauqua originate?
  - Chautauqua Lake, New York

2. In what year was the first Chatauqua held at the Lyric Theatre?
 - 2008

3. Who the manager of the Lyric from 1923 until his death in 1969?
 - Jack Lundholm

4. In what year was the Lyric Theatre built?
 - 1912

5. Name one of the two plays at this year's Chautauqua for young people?
 - "Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another" or "Saskatchewan Outdoors"

6. While the Lyric's Chautauqua is being held indoors at the theatre, the Chautauquas of the past were usually held where?
 - Tents

7. What's the name of the non-profit organization that runs the Lyric Theatre founded in 2005?
 - Southwest Cultural Development Group

8. ‎From 1925-1960, the Swift Current Amusement Company owned and operated two theatre: the Lyric and this other theatre located downtown.
 - Eagle Theatre

9. This play at this year's Chautauqua on Saturday, July 11 is a mash-up of Games of Thrones and Lord of the Rings.
 - "Lord of the Thrones"

10. ‎One of the plays this year is called "Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany." What city is this historical play set?
 - Berlin

Now that you're armed with all of the answers, just watch for the trivia questions to be posted on Facebook. The first person to comment with the correct answer will win the passes!

You can also get tickets for the shows and Festival passes at Pharmasave or by calling the Lyric at 306-773-6292.

Happy Canada Day!

canadaday cake

The greatest country in the world turns 148 years young on Wednesday!

Canada Day events will be happening all over the southwest as we celebrate both our nation's birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag, which flew for the first time on February 15th, 1965. Swift Current will be having a flag raising at Memorial Park (1st Ave NE at Herbert Street) starting at 12:00 noon followed by free cake and hot dogs, and in Shaunavon, the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre will be hosting some free events through the afternoon including the first Farmer's Market of the season and a classic car show. There will also be a fireworks display at the ball diamonds in Shaunavon at dusk.

Magic 97 will also be part of the fun, as we will be taking part in the Canada Day Putt-a-Thon at Dairy King in Swift Current. Colin will be golfing on Wednesday afternoon along with Kathy from Country Music Radio and two lucky children who entered the draw at Dairy King, which will also be open regular hours on Wednesday if you want a quick break from your Canada Day celebrations.

Have a fun, safe Canada Day, and take precautions with the poor air quality conditions caused by the wildfire smoke. If you want more information on how you or your family can protect themselves, you can contact your healthcare professional or call the Provincial Healthline at 8-1-1.

Frontier Days is well Underway!

trailer fd2015This Sterling Trailers RV will be our home at Frontier Days this weekend

Frontier Days 2015 kicked off on Thursday, and it was another fun start to the fair. Lots of kids and families were having fun at the midway and the Family Fun Zone, and a lot of them stopped by our RV from Sterling Trailers in Medicine Hat to get stickers, tattoos, and to get entered for our prize draws! This year, we're giving away a barbecue, zero-gravity recliner and a wooden cooler from Peavey Mart in Swift Current, which we'll make the draws for on Monday.

The first day of the fair wrapped up with the opening grandstand event featuring the Knights of Valour, bringing their high-energy live, unscripted jousting event to Swift Current for the first time.


Hardcore jousting at Frontier Days!

A video posted by Colin Powers (@colinpowers1) on

Today, the fun continues with the midway and Mennonite Heritage Village opening at 12:00 noon, Doc's Town opening at 1:00pm, and the first performance of the CCA Rodeo set for 7:00pm at Jerry Myers Arena. The rest of the weekend will feature grandstand entertainment from Chilliwack and Tim Hicks on Saturday night, and Link Union and Lonestar on Sunday, presented by Robertson Family Group. Also, the Frontier Days Parade will start from the Credit Union iplex at 10:00am Saturday then make its way downtown, there will be two more rodeo performances at 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and the fair all wraps up with the Living Sky Casino fireworks show at 11:00pm Sunday night!

Congrats to our Winner Robyn Morgan!

Robyn Morgan, you get to Bring Your Bestie to Frontier Days!


Our Winner- Robyn Morgan! Congrats!

Congratulations Robyn! You won a Frontier Days Prize package including grandstand tickets and iRide passes! We hope you enjoy and get lots more “Bestie” photos this year at the fair! Please feel free to share them with us too!

Colin and Tracey made the draw on the Magic Morning Show today...

Thanks to everyone for entering and sharing your bestie photos with us!! They were all amazing! Enjoy Frontier Days everyone and hope to see you out there!- Tracey

Countdown to Frontier Days Continues


We wrapped up one of our Frontier Days contests, Fair Fact or Fiction, on Tuesday morning, where we gave away a lot of Frontier Days prizes including Knights of Valour tickets and Innovation Credit Union iRide passes. It was a pretty high-pressure contest; where if the contestant made an incorrect guess, the next person on the phone line automatically received the prize; but there were only two misses in the eight days we played.

Here are some fun facts about Frontier Days, many of them supplied by the Swift Current Ag & Ex...

- Beard growing competitions were a very popular event in the early years of Frontier Days, in fact they were so popular, it earned Swift Current the nickname "the Bearded City".
- Parts of the Frontier Days rodeo in 1969 were filmed by the British Broadcasting Corporation and were used in a 50-minute colour film produced by the BBC on the Calgary Stampede.
- Frontier Days will welcome PREVO, an 8-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, that will roam around the grounds this weekend.
- The fair in 1963 featured an epic tug-of-war contest with staff at CKSW and CJFB-TV taking on the printers.
- Much of Frontier Days will take place at Kinetic Exhibition Park, named for the Swift Current Kinetic Club that started the fair in 1937.
- A single mini-donut has 24 calories (but you can't eat just one!)

Congratulations to all of our winners, and if you missed out on Fair Fact or Fiction, you have another chance to win some Frontier Days prizes with "Bring Your Bestie to Frontier Days", where you could win a prize package that includes tickets to all of the grandstand shows and iRide passes valued at nearly $300. We'll make the draw on the Magic Morning Show on June 24th, so send in your pictures to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or post them on Facebook or Twitter!

Also, when you're at Kinetic Exhibition Park this weekend, make sure to stop by our RV from Sterling Trailers in Medicine Hat and say hi to us, and enter your name for a bunch of great prizes that we'll draw for on Monday!

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