Hungry Hippos

The “hungry hippos” on the float designed by the young women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Fairfield ward are ready to go down the parade route.

Hungry Hippo, Monopoly, Candyland, Scrabble, Life and Go Fish were just a few of the board games used on floats and window decorations during the annual Fairfield Swim Days celebration last weekend.

“This year’s theme ‘Get Your Game On,’ was fun with many businesses participating in the window contest and they along with other organizations and groups in the parade,” Sherlyn Lear, owner of Shear Delight, said.

While participation in many of the regular events such as the golf scramble and the new corn hole tournament were up, the hot temperatures throughout the three days of Fairfield Swim Days events caused attendance to be down for some of the activities. Despite lower turnout at some events, the organizers anticipate the amount of funds raised for the Fairfield swimming pool will be right on par with previous years.

It will be a couple weeks before the expenses are paid and the final amount raised is tabulated. In recent years the amount raised has varied from $15,000 to more than $20,000. A percentage is outright given to the town of Fairfield to help with the operational cost of the pool which averages about $50,000 a year including salaries, utilities and supplies. The balance of the proceeds is held in a reserve account to be used for improvements and repairs to the pool.

The 2017 co-chairwomen, Brooke Shalz and Jessica Bolles, thanked the community for their support at the program in the Fairfield park on Saturday. “We thank everyone who came together to put on another fantastic swim day,” Bolles said. “The support of the volunteers was essential to the success of the event. Everything came together and we were able to raise money for our pool and our kids. Thank you Fairfield!”

Throughout the three days of activities there were a number of winners crowned.

Marissa Klinkhammer won both first- and second-place in the pie contest. She received a gift certificate to Fairfield businesses and both top desserts were auctioned off during the evening.

Seventy four golfers participated in the scramble Friday at the Harvest Hills golf course. The team of Spencer and Taylor Ratliff, Ryan McInerney and Miles Steinbach won with a 29.

Shear Delight and First Security Bank took first and second in the window-decorating contest. Renzee Caffyn won the money in the treasure chest for guessing the closest to the correct amount of money on display.

Derek Simmons and Ethan Schenk won the corn hole tournament defeating Greg and Vince Peltzer in the championship match. The third-place team was John Schmitt and Dawson Peterman. The first-place winners each received $50, second place $30 and third $10. There were 17 adult teams and four kids teams that participated in the single-elimination tournament. Each of the teams was auctioned off before the contest began. A portion of the total funds raised in the calcutta auction went to Swim Day and the rest was divided among the winning bidders. Mitch Johnson won the calcutta auction bidding on the first-place team and received $250, Abie Peltzer had the second-place team and received $150 and Dave Massey had the third-place team and won $100.

Corn hole tournament organizer Liz Anderson was pleased with the participation in the tournament and plans to build on the success for next year.

The cowpie bingo was also a hit and did very well for the second year. The Fairfield High School Spanish Club organized the event. The cow “Kiwi” made her deposit just before the two-hour time limit was up. Vince Peltzer was the lucky ticket holder of square 324 and received $720 for winning. The Spanish Club received the same amount for running the event and Swim Day collected $2,000.

The winners in the car show included:

Judges choice cars: Jason Jackson, first; Denny Davis, second; and Cory Wells, third; people’s choice cars: Hershey, first; Raym Oakley, second; Stan Fry, third; people choice motorcycle: Amy Oakley, first and second; James Pitcher Jr., third; most original: Joshua Norheim.

The winners in the Swim Day 2017 parade were:

Drill teams: Sparkettes of Montana, first.

Non-commercial: Fairfield Class of 1977, first; Fairfield Swimming Pool lifeguards, second; Teton Antique Steam and Gas Association from Choteau, third.

Commercial: First Security Bank Fairfield, Monopoly, first place and winner of the traveling trophy; Sun River Electric Cooperative, second; Front Range Assisted Living, third.

Antiques and Classics: Jim Trainor, Fairfield, 1971 Chevy pickup, first; Brian Haynes, Fairfield, 1933 Bugatti, second.

Horses: Sun River Valley Historical Society, mule-drawn trolley with outriders, Jo and Ron Carter owners from Vaughn, first.

Vehicles — Corvettes: Dennis and Mary Davis, Fairfield 1972 Stingray, first; Amy Oakley, Fairfield 2001 Corvette, second. Mustangs: Jim Trainor, Fairfield, 1968 Fastback, first; Jerry Bouray, Fairfield, 1968 California Special, second; Stan Fry, Fairfield, 1969 Fastback, third.

Restored farm equipment: Dick Neill, Dutton, JD Model A, first.

The lucky winners along with the items and donors were: —

Buttons: Mandy Beachy, girls bike donated by DJ’s; Karen Dalton, boys bike donated by VFW; Amanda Brown, girls golf set donated by William L. Olson Agency; Terri Pearson, red wagon donated by Fairfield Mini Storage.

Raffles: Lexi Bremer, handmade coasters and Mountain Man Beer, painted by Lindsey (Manuel-McInerney) Ratliff; Terrie Pearson, portable stereo donated by First Security Bank; Brad Evans, charcoal grill donated by True Value; Annie Meeks, patio gas fire table donated by Front Range Assisted Living; Ross Fritzgerald, made in Montana basket donated by Fairfield Drug; Austin Shaw, Google Home donated by VJ’s Studio and Shear Delight; Merv Carper, kids golf set donated by William L. Olson Agency; Mandy Beachy, girls bike donated by DJ’s; Larry Kind, drill donated by Sun River Electric, Andrea Massey, coffee of the week donated by Berry Patch.

Live auction: Bob Garner, painting donated by Diane Hausmann; Kelly McInerney, photography package donated by Danielle Rier; Bill Pearson, quilt donated by Russ Robb; Elders, fire pit, table and chairs with wine and wine glasses donated by Elaine Iverson; Sydney Manuel-McInerney, cutting board donated by Ward Fifield; Elaine Iverson, welded flower outdoor art by Nikki (Gulick) Carter; Tammy Lacey, buffalo quilt made by Kari Otness; Mitch Johnson, Fairfield Bench Coors’ Light wall light donated by Miller-Coors Light; Kim Ralph, Griz corn hole set; Bob Garner, Fairfield Eagles corn hole set; Vicki Miller, Bobcat corn hole set.

Drawing: Betty VanSetten, 50/50 drawing $239.50; Windy Garner, breast cancer awareness basket.