Kicking off the festivities, the Pointe N’ Drop dance studio wowed audiences with their Winter Showcase on Friday, featuring 20 captivating performances, including solo, duet, and group routines across various dance genres like hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary. The Keyano Centre was packed with Swan Hills residents coming out to enjoy the performances and show their support for the local youth.

Also, on Friday night, the Swan Hills Curling Club hosted free drop-in curling, with around 15 people taking the opportunity to slide some rocks.

The festivities on Saturday started with Pembina Pipeline treating everyone to a delightful breakfast, serving 181 complimentary meals complete with pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, and beverages, setting a perfect tone for the day.

The afternoon was filled with laughs, giggles, and a little enjoyable chaos at the Keyano Centre as around 130 children bounced their way through the multiple inflatable bouncy houses while their parents did their best to keep up. At the same time, the Swan Hills Municipal Library’s table saw a steady flow of traffic, with 128 kids crafting buttons from their freshly completed colouring pages.

As evening approached, families gathered at the Keyano Centre for a screening of “Despicable Me,” followed by a lively family dance with over a hundred people attending. Attendees also enjoyed PS Photography’s photo booth, creating lasting memories.

The Town Hill was the place to be on Sunday, with sledders of all ages enjoying the picturesque weather as they slid down the hillside to their heart’s content. Cardinal Energy ensured no one at the Hill went hungry with a free community BBQ, offering mouthwatering hamburgers and hot dogs. Some families opted for a free family skate at the arena or a refreshing dip at the pool.

Meanwhile, at Edith Lake, around 30 individuals had a great time ice fishing, roasting hot dog roasting, and sipping hot chocolate. Fish and Wildlife officers from High Prairie, Slave Lake, and Whitecourt hosted this event and were on hand to offer assistance and answer any questions. The folks at Edith Lake also had a surprise educational opportunity to get up close and personal with the frozen carcass of a cougar that had been surrendered to Fish and Wildlife after getting caught up in a trap line.

This year’s Swancicle Days was a stellar event, made possible by the dedicated efforts of the Swancicle Days Committee, volunteers, and generous sponsors.

Events like Swancicle Days truly underscore why Swan Hills is such a fantastic place to call home, with tremendous community spirit and cherished moments around every corner.