The annual celebration raises funds for maintenance and operation of the Fairfield swimming pool. Kim Ralph, Swim Days treasurer, said profits in recent years have been between $15,000 and $22,000. A percentage of the funds raised from Swim Days is given to the town of Fairfield to help defray operational cost of the pool, averaging $36,000 a year, including wages, utilities and supplies. The rest of the profit is held in a reserve account to be used for improvements and repairs to the pool.
According to the Fairfield Town Council, it would be difficult for the town to make improvements to the pool without the funds contributed through Swim Days.
Chairing this year’s event are members of the Fairfield Junior Women’s service club and friends. The committee thanks the businesses sponsoring events, those who donate desserts, raffle and auction items and volunteers who work. “This is truly a community event that helps keep the pool operational,” committee member Sherlyn Lear said.
Events kick off on Thursday evening at the Fairfield Community Hall. Homemade pies and dessert will be judged at 4 p.m. 3 Rivers Communications will host a taco bar meal and pies/dessert and ice cream from 5 to 7 p.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening.
This year crafters were asked to create something using a flowerpot. These will be sold during the auctions.
New to Thursday night is the family pool party from 6:30-10 p.m. Pool manager Amanda Brown and the lifeguards have fun activities planned for those attending including “swim-in” movies. For the younger kids “Nemo” will be shown and later in the evening, for older kids and adults, the classic “Jaws” will be shown.
The annual Swim Days golf scramble will be held at the Harvest Hills Golf Course on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Four-person teams can pre-register by calling the golf course or the day of the scramble from 2-3:15 p.m. Marshall Lagge is coordinating the golf scramble this year. Registration is $40 per person and includes a meal.
There will be two new events at the golf course on Friday — a beer garden starting at 3 p.m. and going throughout the evening and deejay music by “The Tipsy Irishman” from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Once again, the Servicemen’s Club will be having their Swim Day Street Dance on Central Avenue in front of the club. The music will be provided by the America’s Liquor Down Band, from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.
Saturday is the biggest day of the Swim Days celebration. Activities kick off at 8 a.m. with the Fairfield Junior Women’s Club serving breakfast at the Community Hall until 9:30 a.m.
The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. There is no pre-registration required for the parade. Ribbons are presented to winners along with a traveling trophy for the winning business. The parade is open to floats, bands, cars, kids, bikes, horses, farm equipment and whatever else you can think of. Youngsters are encouraged to participate in the pet and doll portion which always leads up to the main parade. Prizes of tickets for Swim Days games are awarded to this group. The parade line-up begins at 9 a.m., and judging will start at 10 a.m.
Fairfield natives Phil and Jody Maxwell were selected as the 2019 couple of the bench and will serve as the grand marshals of the parade.
The car show, organized by Tony Hershey, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the street between the Community Hall and Town Park. Registration for the car show will start at 11 a.m. at the site of the show. The entry fee is $5. There will be door prizes and trophies presented. For more information, contact Hershey at 231-0829.
A corn-hole tournament will be held starting after the parade in the park. Registration will be held Saturday in the park from 9-10 a.m. Registration for the tournament will cost $30 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Duston Gordon is helping to coordinate the tournament.
Throughout the afternoon, there will be food available, games for younger children and free swimming in the pool. The Fairfield High School art club will be doing face painting in the park.
A highlight of the event is the entertainment and awarding of the raffle items and the live auction in the park. The entertainment organized by emcee Mike Manuel starts at 2 p.m.
Several class reunions are planned throughout the weekend. The class of 1979 organized a dance at the Fairfield Community Hall for Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Live music will be provided by Steve Keller band.