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Firecracker Fun Festival attracts crowd to Farmington Lake

Firecracker Fun Festival provides fun opportunities for families at the lake

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Swimmers play Monday in the swimming portion of Farmington Lake.

FARMINGTON — Hundreds of people flocked to Farmington Lake Monday to celebrate the holiday.

The city of Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department hosted the Firecracker Fun Festival at the lake. The festival included a hunt for buried coins, a sandcastle building contest, games and free prizes. People also attended to swim or boat at the lake.

This is the second year the event has been at the lake. It previously took place at Brookside Pool.

The pool closed last year and the city opened up the lake to swimming. That prompted moving the festival. 

Scarlett Valerio shows off her commemorative coin she found Monday during the Firecracker Fun Festival at Farmington Lake.

Mike Duke, aquatics manager for the PRCA, said last year a rain storm put a damper on the festival. This year the sunny weather drew a crowd. Shortly after 1 p.m., the lake was at maximum capacity of 210 people.

Duke said he was not surprised by the large number of people who visited the lake. He said the crowds were likely due to it being a Monday before a holiday and many people having the day off .

"I think we'll see the same turnout tomorrow," he said.

Clarisa Krob, left, and Stormi Valdez search for coins Monday during a Fire cracker Fun Festival activity at Farmington Lake.

Susan Lucero took her family to the lake Monday following a family reunion over the weekend.

"I have a whole bunch of family in, so it was a fun thing to do," she said.

Farmington residents Stephanie and Matt Berghuis took their son, Blaine Berghuis, 2, to the lake for the first time. The couple moved to Farmington from the Midwest a couple of years ago.

They decided to spend the afternoon together at the lake.

"It was just something fun to do to enjoy the holiday weekend," she said.

Hannah Grover covers government for the Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Beach-goers enjoy the sun Monday at Farmington Lake.

 

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View photos of the city of Farmington fireworks at daily-times.com.