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.