The Swift Current Agriculture and Exhibition Association have announced that Owen Malchow will be the Frontier Days Parade Marshal.
Organizers said Malchow, who is 100 years old, is an appropriate choice since he “represents the citizens of the southwest who are celebrating 100 years.”
Malchow’s parents originally came to Saskatchewan by way of Minnesota. He was raised on his parent’s farm, and eventually married. His family includes his wife Vera, along with a son, Rodger, and a daughter, Connie. He also has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In a press release, his daughter mentioned how Malchow frequently commented on the large crowds Frontier Days drew to Swift Current. He credited the variety of events and southwest Saskatchewan hospitality with the increase.
This is the 76th year for Frontier Days, which kicks off with the parade on Saturday June 28th at 10 a.m. The theme for the parade is “Past/Present and Future,” which Malchow perfectly illustrates, organizers say.
The parade will also include Swift Current and area reunion musicians, the Yorkton Marching Band, the Rider Pep Band and Shriners Bands. Also, the Western Development Museum will provide a two-horse historic stagecoach and driver, among other things.
Frontier Days itself runs from June 26-29 and features more than 25 events such as rodeos, stage entertainment, heritage and cultural pavilions, Doc’s Town, heavy horses, trick triders and tractor pulls.
The organizing committee encourages everyone to come out and celebrate 100 years in Swift Current.