Tag Archives: Swan Valley Sun

Cowan Trail Celebration a Delight For Participants

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | With pictures from ValleyBiz and Penny Boychuk The annual Cowan Trail Celebration once again occurred on the fourth Saturday of August (being August 25, 2018) this year and marking it the 20th. The event began on Friday night, as usual, with the Cowan Hall parking lot slowly being filled with [...]

2018/08/29Local Interest

Crushin It at the Durban Demo

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted On Aug 12, 2018 Durban held their annually Demo Derby. With only a few more cars than last year the demo still went ahead. A couple cars were delayed in arriving but still made the event. Most cars were from previous years so there wasn’t [...]

2018/08/15Local Interest

Hot and Breezy at the Birch River 23rd Annual Trail Ride

ValleyBiz Story | The Birch River Riding Club held their 23rd annual trail ride on August 11 and 12, 2018. Many people stayed at the base camp the night before and the day started off with breakfast and registration. The ride has built a loyal following over the past 23 years with many attendees travelling [...]

2018/08/14Local Interest

Chariots and Chuckwagons Thunder Around the Track

ValleyBiz Story | Chariot and Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition are a crowd favorite and this year was no exception. Four days of racing drew in the crowds for many heart-pounding heats.

2018/08/03Local Interest

Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands were full and the action was fast during the 2018 Northwest Roundup Rodeo events. Cowboys and Cowgirls competed in a variety of rodeo events. Barrel Racing Bull Riding Bareback Bronc Saddle Bronc 12-Horse Hitch Brett Fulford, born and raised in the Swan Valley (son of Ken and Linda Fulford of [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Plenty of Children’s Activities at Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition is a place of wonder and excitement for youngsters. The Down on the Farm exhibit lets kids get up close and personal with a larger variety of farm animals. It is a great place to take a break from the heat of the day and relax with [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Swan River Parade A Time Honored Tradition

ValleyBiz Story | Click pictures for a larger version. The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade took place on July 27, 2018 at 10 am – a time honored tradition as part of the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Many have passed this tradition on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year the parade is [...]

2018/07/30Local Interest

Unique Gardens Enjoyed During Annual Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | With additional pictures by ValleyBiz On July 23, 2018 despite the cool weather and a threat of rain, about 190 people attended the annual Garden Walk sponsored by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Eight beautiful yards in the town of Swan River were on display. It was a pleasure [...]

2018/07/29Local Interest

Old Fashioned Fun at an Old One Room Country School

Submitted by: Debbie (Bell) Soloway | The annual Renwer-Fisher’s Siding Annual Old Fashion Picnic took place Sunday July 22, 2018. This year the weather caused everyone to play a different version of musical chairs. The chairs were set up outside the school and then along came a short rain shower so the chairs were quickly [...]

2018/07/26Local Interest

Ducks Race Down the Swan River on Canada Day

Submitted by: Rhonda Kitch | It was a beautiful day for a duck race! 326 ducks floated down the Swan River. Rachel Miller’s duck #421 came in first place winning $366. Rick Loat’s duck # 604 came in second place winning $183 Gord Zamzow’s duck #362 came in third place winning $61 Thank you to [...]

2018/07/02Local Interest

Rain Stays Away For Swan River Fun Run

Submitted by: Terri Fahrenschon | The weather cleared up just in time for the Fun Run on Sunday, June 3, 2017. Events included the 1km kids run, 5km, 10km and 1/2 marathon. Thank you to everyone that participated, spectated and volunteered.

2018/06/05Local Interest

Many Thanks for Gospel Jamboree Fundraiser Success

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Our fundraiser held on September 4, 2017 for the Barrows Gospel Jamboree went well. The weather was mostly nice with only a light shower for a short while. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to all who were playing ball and watching who supported our food booth. A [...]

2017/09/07Local Interest

A Little Piece of Swan Valley Paradise

ValleyBiz Story | With kids headed back to school tomorrow, it is yet another sign that summer is coming to a close. It’s a good time to reflect on what an awesome summer it has been and what a wonderful Valley we have to enjoy it in. Click any picture for a larger version. The [...]

2017/09/06Local Interest

One Last Race at Swan Valley Speedway for 2017

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club had so much fun this year they weren’t ready to stop for the season. One last race was scheduled for August 27, 2017 and there was plenty of excitement at the track. Click any picture for a larger version.

2017/08/29Local Interest

Harvest Fest Offers A Taste of History – Hot From the Oven

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 27, 2017. The home made bread was a must and the lineup started before the fresh baked bread was even out of the clay ovens. Click any picture for a larger version. The clay oven in the bake house can [...]

2017/08/28Local Interest

Living On the Edge At The Durban Demo

Edgar Yacyshyn | The Durban Demo was held August 13, 2017. There were a lot less cars this year, but most of the action was the same. With more room in the ring, lot of banging and crushing going on. Click any picture for a larger version. Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted With vehicles being [...]

2017/08/17Local Interest

An Engaging Time on the Birch River Trail Ride

Submitted by: Denise Cazakoff | The 22nd Annual Birch River Trail Ride held August 12 – 13, 2017 was well attended by 100 participants including a couple who got engaged at lunch break on Saturday. Click any picture for a larger version. It was and awesome ride through the Duck Mountains south of Madge Lake. [...]

2017/08/16Local Interest

Chariot and Chuckwgon Races at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The 2017 Northwest Roundup and Exhibition featured four days of Chariot an Chuckwagon racing, plus a bonus day of Heritage Chuckwagon races at the Canada 150 Celebration on July 26, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version.

2017/08/01Local Interest

Celebrating Canada 150 at the Northwest Roundup Eh!

ValleyBiz Story | The theme of this year’s Chamber of Commerce Parade at the Northwest Roundup was Celebrate Canada 150. Floats and participants were all decked out in Red and White and all things Canadian Eh! Click any picture for a larger version. The RCMP and Veterans led the parade. Participants showed off their True [...]

2017/07/31Local Interest

A Beautiful Day for a Walk in the Garden

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | Once again the Swan River Ladies Golf Club sponsored a Garden Walk on July 24, 2017. We had the opportunity to view seven beautiful gardens in the town of Swan River. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictures by ValleyBiz. It was a sunny summer day and approximately 180 [...]

2017/07/27Local Interest

Great Success, Big Impression for 13U Provincials

Submitted by: Jenifer Ferland | Our Swan River 13U “A” Provincials was a success. We had great weather, some great talented teams joining us from all over the province, some wonderful dedicated volunteers which all helped pull this huge event together. Click any picture for a larger version. Our Swan Valley peewees held there own [...]

2017/07/14Local Interest

Formo Motors sponsors Tuesday Nite Golf

Submitted by: June McKenzie | 55 ladies enjoyed a wonderful evening of golf and friendship at Tuesday Nite Golf sponsored by Formo Motors on June 13, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. Weather was great as teams played a scramble format before returning to the clubhouse for wine and cheese. Prizes were drawn [...]

2017/06/22Local Interest

High Flying Fun at High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Swan Valley High School rodeo was a huge success again this year, although the weather wasn’t great the participants had a wonderful time in our community. Click any picture for a larger version. The comments to the committee from parents and kids alike were all positive, and they are [...]

2017/05/17Local Interest

Bikers and Hikers Tread the Thunder

ValleyBiz Story | Tread the Thunder Bike Club (TTT) hosted “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day*” at Thunder Hill on October 1,2016. It was a great way to spend a fall day, get some exercise and enjoy the gorgeous colors from the top of the Valley. Click any picture for a larger version. The day [...]

2016/10/04Local Interest

“She”nanigans at Final Gals Golf Nite of the Season

Submitted by: June McKenzie | “She”nanigans was the theme on September 13, 2016 for the last event nite for Tuesday nite gals golf. Each golfer could only chose 3 clubs to golf with which made for some “awesome” shots. Click any picture for a larger version. Everyone enjoyed the evening which included a delicous rib [...]

2016/09/19Local Interest

Cowan Trail Celebrates Area History

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | The annual Cowan Trail Celebration once again occurred on the fourth Saturday of August, being August 27, 2016 this year. Pictures submitted by: Rose Kovachik and Rita Cryderman What is Cowan Trail? – many people have asked. Well it is an event that was started some 18 years ago by [...]

2016/09/14Local Interest

Perfect Riding Weather for Blue Sky Team Penning Jackpot

Submitted by: Michelle Buck | The Blue Sky Arena wrapped up their season this past weekend with a trail ride on Saturday, September 10, 2016 and a team cattle penning jackpot on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictures by Carmi Hrabarchuk an Michelle Buck Saturday’s ride started and ended [...]

2016/09/14Local Interest

Ultimate Success at Gals Golf Nite Challenge

Submitted by: June McKenzie | The Ultimate Challenge on August 16 was a huge success. If you wanted to combine golf and construction, this was your chance. Greens may have had pylons, hoses, or toilet seats. Now that was a challenge!! Click any picture for a larger version. After the golf, the ladies enjoyed a [...]

2016/08/22Local Interest

Sun Shines on Metis Days in Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | The sun peaked through the clouds and the pouring rain came to a stop shortly after 4:00 pm on Saturday August 13, 2016 allowing the outdoor Metis Day games and eventsto get underway at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre. Click any picture for a larger version. The obstacle course was a hit [...]

2016/08/16Local Interest

Bending Fenders at the Durban Demo Derby

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On Sunday Aug 07, 2016 Durban had their Demo Derby. With great fans and beautiful weather it was a fun day. Crowds were entertained by the roar of the engines and the flying action of the cars. Click any picture for a larger version. Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted Thanks [...]

2016/08/11Local Interest

Where the Wild Things Are At The Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz.ca Story | The Northewest Roundup and Exhibition featured serveral wild and woolly events for participants of all ages. A large number of participants took part from across the Valley and beyond. Click any picture for a larger version. Many brave youngsters took a turn at Mutton Busting. The main strategy is “Don’t Let Go!” [...]

2016/08/04Local Interest

Chariot and Chuckwagon Races A Crowd Favorite

ValleyBiz Story | Chariot and Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup offered 4 days of North American Chuckwagon & Chariot Championship excitement. The grandstand was filled to capacity with cheering fans as the horses thundered around the track. Click any picture for a larger version.

2016/08/03Local Interest

Rodeo Events A Mix of Power, Speed and Skill

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands at the Northwest Roundup were filled and the crowd was ready for 3 days of rodeo excitement. Cowboy events included Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Bareback and Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding and Barrel Racing. Click any picture for a larger version. As a special feature Harvey McFarlane, of [...]

2016/08/02Local Interest

Parade a Great Start to Northwest Roundup Weekend

ValleyBiz Story | At 10am on the last Friday in July (July 29th in 2016) the Chamber of Commerce parade gets rolling down main street in Swan River, to the delight of crowds gathered along the route. Click any picture for a larger version. The sound of sirens is the first signal that the parade [...]

2016/08/01Local Interest

Sun Shines on Annual Swan Valley Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | On July 2, 2016 about 225 people enjoyed a glorious sunny day as they viewed some incredibly beautiful gardens during our annual Garden Walk held by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictures by ValleyBiz There were seven yards, all unique and impeccably [...]

2016/07/31Local Interest

Renwer – Fisher’s Siding Old Fashioned Picnic 2016

Submitted by: Debbie (Bell) Soloway | It was great to see a wonderful group of people enjoying each other’s company and sharing stories and lots of laughter. Click any picture for a larger version. On Sunday July 24, 2016 the place to experience this type of enjoyment was at the tiny village of Renwer, MB, [...]

2016/07/27Local Interest

Perfect Weather for Pink Ball Challenge

Submitted by: June McKenzie | Tuesday Night Golf on July 19, 2016 was a blast with an enthusiastic group of golfers trying not to lose their PINK ball. Weather was perfect, food was fabulous and fun was had by all. Click any picture for a larger version. Our amazing sponsor was Kal Tire. They donated [...]

2016/07/26Local Interest

Great Weekend for Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Another Barrows Gospel Jamboree has come and gone. It was a great weekend. The crowd was not very big but everyone there, that we heard from, enjoyed the singing, fellowship, praising God, and good food. Pictured above: Ivan and Bernice Chartrand Click any picture for a larger version. People came [...]

2016/07/21Local Interest

Benito Marks Canada Day With Day Long Celebration

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito celebrated Canada Day 2016 with a full day of events. The day kicked off with a fantastic pancake breakfast hosted by the Benito Volunteer Firefighters Association. Click any picture for a larger version. At times the wait was a bit long, but in the end very worth the time [...]

2016/07/04Local Interest

Classroom Lessons Pass the Hands On Test

ValleyBiz Story | School may be almost done but, for Mrs. Mullin’s Grade 4 Minitonas Early Years class, that doesn’t mean the learning stops nor does it mean that summer fun has to wait. Click any picture for a larger version. On Tuesday June 21, 2016 the class enjoyed a field trip to the Duck [...]

2016/06/27Local Interest

Fun and Fellowship at Tuesday Gals Golf

Submitted by: June McKenzie | Tuesday Night Gals Golf on June 14, 2016 saw 62 enthusiastic golfers out for “Wine & Cheese” event night sponsored by Formo Motors. A scramble format was followed. Click any picture for a larger version. Many new golfers came out for the evening and the “Formo Gals” (employees, family & [...]

2016/06/22Local Interest

Friends, Food and “Fun”draising at Golf Club

Submitted by: Corey Hurren Bowsman and District Lions Club The weather was beautiful and excitement levels were high for the Friends of the Swan River Valley’s 2nd Annual “Fun”draiser Bonanza at the Swan River Golf & Country Club on Saturday, June 18th, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Excitement levels were so high [...]

2016/06/21Local Interest

Blue Sky Arena Trial Ride and Penning Jackpot

Submitted by: Michelle Buck | The Blue Sky Arena celebrated the May long weekend with a trail ride on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and a team cattle penning jackpot on Sunday. Saturday’s ride started and ended at the Blue Sky Arena south of Benito, MB. Click any picture for a larger version. Eighteen riders and [...]

2016/05/25Local Interest

Barrels, Bulls and Buckaroos at High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | On May 13 – 15, 2016 Swan River was host to Manitoba High School Rodeo (HS Rodeo), Little Buckaroos Rodeo & Manitoba Barrel Racing. Click any picture for a larger version. We started the weekend with a MBRA race, there were 29 entries between the Open, Youth and Peewee. Swan [...]

2016/05/20Local Interest

4H Pancake Breakfast a Huge Success

Submitted by: Shannon Fullerton | On Saturday, May 14, 2016 it was a beautiful, crisp morning to enjoy delicious, fluffy pancakes, sausage patties and great conversation. Click any picture for a larger version. We had excellent support from many High School Rodeo contestants, parents and Swan Valley community members. This event was hosted by the [...]

2016/05/18Local Interest

Damp Weather, Bright Spirits at Cowan Trial Celebration

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik and Lee & Rita Cryderman | Rain, Rain go away! Even though the forecast for rain may have eventually damped the ground, it did not dampen the spirits of loyal and new participants. Pictures by: Rita Cryderman, Roseanne Coma and ValleyBiz Click any picture for a larger version. Almost twenty campers [...]

2015/08/27Local Interest

Service to Seniors Gym in the Park Ready for Use

Submitted by: Bev Leach | The Legion Park has one more option for those looking to stay fit while enjoying the outdoors. Gym in the Park, a Service to Seniors project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors grant took shape last week in the Legion Park in Swan River. Pictured above, the gym equipment [...]

2015/08/25Local Interest

Food, Prizes and Laughs at Ladies Fun Challenge

Submitted by: June McKenzie | Tuesday Nite Gals Golf was held on August 18, 2015 and saw 31 golfers enjoying the Fun Challenge. Click any picture for a larger version. Activities included golfing left-handed, manuevering thru a potato maze, wearing oven mitts to tee off, putting in the toilet seat plus many other challenges to [...]

2015/08/24Local Interest

Durban Demo Derby Fun for All Ages

ValleyBiz Story | The 17th Annual Durban Demo Derby took place on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Roaring engines, spinning tires, flying mud and mangled metal are the ingredients for a good, old fashioned smashup, and fun for spectators of all ages. Click any picture for a larger version. Time between heats was spent on “precision” [...]

2015/08/14Local Interest

Kids Get Wild & Woolly at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup is something kids look forward to each year and this year there was even more ways for them to be involved. Two new events had kids running wild and woolly. Click any picture for a larger version. The Wild Pony Race is junior version of the Wild Horse Race. [...]

2015/07/28Local Interest