Milford Rotary Swim Meet starts Saturday

MILFORD – Swimming builds an appetite, and there will be plenty to eat Saturday and Sunday during the annual Milford Rotary Swim Meet.

Milanos’ pizza, and Bill Palaskas’ iSCREAM, the new ice cream concession, will help feed the hundreds of young swimmers, ages 5 to 19, from 14 teams who will compete at Keyes Memorial Park.

Meets will start at about 9 a.m. and run until about 2 p.m. both days.

Peter Bragdon, former owner of Foodies Pizza, is loaning his insulated pizza delivery cases, said Janet Langdell, head of Rotary’s organizing committee, “so that we can deliver hot pizza over the hill from Milanos on Elm St. to the Rotary concession area at the Keyes Pavilion.”

The annual meet was started in 1966 to celebrate the opening of Keyes Pool. There has never been entry fee, so the event depends on wide community support, Langdell said, from the Milford Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, and Police Department, the Keyes Swim Team , volunteer meet coordinators Becky Anderson and Pat Whalen, meet director Jim Rezzarday, Shaw’s Supermarket, and many volunteers.

Rezzarday said they expect 420 swimmers who are coming from all over the state and from Winchendon, Massachusetts.