For 57 years the town of Fairfield has come alive the third weekend of July as community members, alumni and friends and neighbors from throughout the region gather for the annual Fairfield Swim Day celebration.

This year will be different. These are unprecedented times and like most communities, the Fairfield Swim Day Committee said they felt the utmost priority was the safety and health of the community and county and chose to cancel all of  the events except the golf scramble which was postponed from this Friday, July 17 until hopefully September.

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Town of Fairfield staff and council members are, from left to right, are Nick Dale, Chuck Dale, Tammy Comer, Fran Freeman, Chuck Brown, Mayor Bob Swartz, Terra Rosenbaum, Loren Tacke. Not pictured, Ron Dauwalder.

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Teton County, the committee along with the golf scramble organizer Marshall Lagge agreed to postpone the scramble unto an undetermined date. They are hoping health conditions will allow for the scramble to be held on a Saturday in September. Information will be released as plans progress.

Despite not having a celebration this year, the Swim Day Committee spearheaded by Fairfield Junior Women’s Club and friends selected a “group of the bench” to be recognized.

It is fitting this year’s group is the Town of Fairfield — Mayor Bob Swartz, council members  Loren Tacke, Terra Rosenbaum, Ron Dauwaulder and Chuck Brown; city employees Tammy Comer, Fran Freeman, Nick and Chuck Dale; swimming pool manager Amanda Brown, assistant manager Alysa Brown and lifeguards Kyler Bake, Presley Becker, Kaylee Bouma, Kaylee Christensen, Quin Christensen, Olivia Copenhaver, Alexa Johnson, Tori Jones, Cheyenne Maddox, Hanna Peterman and Mykenna Rosenkrance.

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Vonnie Jacobson, left (camera in hand), with the Fairfield Swim Day Committee, informs the town council and staff that they, along with the staff at the town swimming pool, have been selected as “Group of the Bench” for their hard work.

 “It would not be possible to operate the pool each year if it wasn’t for the support and hard work of the mayor and council, the office staff and maintenance crew,” said Vonnie Jacobson, a spokesman for the Swim Day Committee. “They work throughout the year making sure everything is covered and ready to go and during the summer the town employees spend extra time assuring all is running smooth,” she added. “The town is fortunate to have a dedicated group of lifeguards that spend the summer teaching area children how to swim and making sure they are safe when they are in the pool.”

These individuals spend countless hours to keep the pool open and running smoothly. “Hats off to each of them,” Jacobson said. She and the committee encourage anyone that sees one of these special individuals, to please thank them for their dedication.

 “Fairfield Strong” was the theme selected for the 2020 Swim Day celebration, very fitting for the year.

For 57 years, area businesses and individuals have shown the strength of the community by supporting the Swim Day celebration and the Fairfield swimming pool. Truly, the now three-day event would not be possible without the dedication of groups and individuals willing to donate and volunteer.

Fortunately, the Fairfield swimming pool has been able to open this year and is operating under a much stricter set of guidelines. A big portion of the funds raised each year at Swim Day fundraisers are donated to the Town of Fairfield to use for operating expenses. A smaller portion is kept in reserve to utilize for improvement. The Swim Day Committee will dip into those reserves to assist with the operating of the pool this year.

The committee understands the challenges many are facing during 2020 that will make it difficult to donate. For those still wishing to contribute a monetary contribution there are two projects at the pool in need of support. The town is working on changes to restrooms and dressing rooms at the pool to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements in two-phases with a combined cost of $70,000. The town is also raising $15,000 to purchase a slide for the pool.