Fenwick to support winning beach patrol at annual bonfire

The sixth annual Fenwick Island Bonfire will light up the night on Saturday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. and go until 10:30 p.m. The rain date for the event is July 6.

Coastal Point • File Photo: Children enjoy the bonfire on the beach in Fenwick Island at a past bonfire.Coastal Point • File Photo
Children enjoy the bonfire on the beach in Fenwick Island at a past bonfire.

The bonfire, sponsored by the town’s beach committee, will offer games, a D.J., a 50/50 raffle and free glowsticks for kids. T-shirts, towels and water will be for sale, all to offset travel expenses for the town’s lifeguards to head to the national championships of lifeguard competition, to be held Aug. 7, 8 and 9 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol prides itself on a competitive squad composition, tough physical workouts and mental preparation on a daily basis. Just this week, they took first place at their first lifeguard competition of the summer.

“On the heels of a national championship in 2006 and a silver medal in 2007, the FIBP have started the summer off in great fashion,” said FIBP Capt. Tim Ferry.

“In last night’s competition, Fenwick placed second in four events, had one third-place and two fourth-place finishes. That was enough to top favorite Rehoboth Beach by five points. The next competition is June 30 at Sea Colony, as the area guards prepare for the USLA regional championships July 9 in Rehoboth and the national championship at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles,” he said.

“[The bonfire] is an outstanding event that draws the community together for a great time,” he continued. “The townspeople are very supportive of our beach patrol a