FAIRBURY – You’ve probably heard about it. You may have driven through City Park to get a look for yourself.
Fairbury is getting a new pool and aquatic center, and it’s going to open on Saturday, May 25.
The grand opening will be a day full of celebration, and also a day full of giveaways.
The Fairbury Wavebreakers, a summer swim team, is putting together a raffle for the new pool’s debut.
The raffle prizes include one of the following: being the first person off the diving board, the first person down the slide or the first one to climb on the rock wall.
Tatro Chiropractic is also donating a pool party for 25 people. That will also be a raffle item. A number of passes have also been donated for the event.
Sean Knothe is the vice president of the Swimbreakers’ board. He’s also been leading the efforts with the raffle. He says it’s just one more way to generate awareness and excitement about the new pool and the swim team, which has been around for years.
“It does bring awareness to the new pool,” Knothe said, “which I think will be a beautiful thing we’ll have downtown. It’s something that will bring people in from all over. If we can get more people involved and to promote the pool and swim team along with it, I think that’s just amazing.”
Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets can do so at Globe Rexall Pharmacy in Fairbury, or by contacting Sean via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knothe says all proceeds will go toward buying new ropes for the pool’s swim lanes. The new Fairbury pool will have eight lanes, which is bigger than the typical six.
“At a bigger meet, we’ll be able to get swimmers in and out pretty quick,” Knothe said. “It won’t take nearly as long as it usually does.”
The Wavebreakers is made up of about 70 swimmers this summer. They compete with Beatrice, Seward and a few other surrounding communities.
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