Milford Rotary meet turns 50

For 50 years the Mil­ford Rotary Swim Meet has been a home town meet that brings families together during the sum­mer. The Rotary of Club Milford and Amherst in 1966 wanted to use the new Keyes Pool in Mil­ford to be a center for summer youth and fami­lies.

How to keep children engaged in the summer? Give them a race, let it be fun and let everyone around get involved.

So teams from Nashua, Amherst, Merrimack, Bed­ford, Peterborough, Man­chester, Wilton, Jaffery, Rindge, New Ipswich, Greenville and Wolfboro came to the meet. For 50 years, the Rotary club paid for the awards so no swimming fees were charged to any family.

There are events for swimmers ages 6 and un­der, all the way up to 15 -19 swimmers. The meet keeps the families to­gether, lets old ties get renewed in the tent city that springs up forfive hundred swimmers at Keyes Park every sum­mer. The Rotary sells concessions during the meet that provide funds for the next year. Hun­dreds of volunteers time, cook, officiate, coordi­nate and help to make the meet possible.

This July 18-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. swimmers and their families will be at the park cheering on everyone who plunges into cold New Hampshire waters.

Teams involved in the 50th Milford Rotary Swim Meet include: Goss Park, Concord YMCA, Green­ville Gators, Clark Sharks, New Ipswich, Baboosic Lakers, Castaways, Gran­ite YMCA Tiger Sharks, Lattitude Crush, Nashua Swim & Tennis, Salem Sea Lions, Milford Keyes, Greater Nashua YMCA Storm, Hampshire Hills Sea Wolves, Jaffrey-Rind­ge Marlins, Jasper Valley and Boys & Girls Club Greater Nashua.