If You Go

Today's events:

Bloomfield Days starts at 4 p.m. today with live music in Salmon Park, 301 N. Fifth St.


4 to 6 p.m.: Water gun alley


4 to 7 p.m.: Bratwurst and hot dogs cook-out


5 p.m.: Fire truck will spray children with water


6 p.m.: Coin dig


Saturday Events:

7 a.m.: Bloomfield Police Department 5K and 10 K runs. Registration starts at 6 a.m. Located at the police department, 711 Ruth Lane.


8 to 10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at First United Methodist Church, 1105 N. 1st St.


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Vendors booths


10 a.m.: Car and truck show at Wooden Nickel, 900 W. Broadway Ave.


2 p.m.: Duck race at the San Juan River


5 p.m.: Judging starts for the barbecue cook-off


There will also be live bands playing music in the park throughout the day.


FARMINGTON — Every year, several thousand Bloomfield residents gather for Bloomfield Days.

Amy Garcia, who works at the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, said the event is an opportunity "to kick off the summer." She said that Bloomfield Days promotes both the city and the community.

The two-day celebration starts today at 4 p.m. with children's activities at Salmon Park.

Garcia said there will be about 60 vendors at Bloomfield Days.

One of the vendors will be the Bloomfield Pool. John Renner, a member of Friends of the Pool, said the booth will be selling memberships and accepting donations for the AquaClimb, a climbing wall that the pool hopes to one day install in the deep end.

"We were looking for an activity that will encourage kids to learn to swim," Renner said.

In order to use the AquaClimb, children would have to prove they could swim one lap around the pool.

The pool has had a booth at Bloomfield Days for the last three years.

"It's one of our biggest community things," Renner said.

Other popular Bloomfield Days events include the 5K and 10K races Saturday morning and the duck races, which take place Saturday afternoon at the San Juan River access at the end of First Street.

For the race, people purchase rubber ducks, which are then tossed into the river. The fastest rubber duck wins the race.

Members of the Bloomfield Fire Department will catch the rubber ducks at the end of the race. This year, the fire department will also be spraying kids with water from the fire truck.

 

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover.