The 20th annual Hobbs Pond swim will be Sunday, Aug. 7. Swimmers, spotters, helpers and spectators should begin to gather at 9:30 am. The half-mile swim’s starting whistle will be blown at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

The start time is 30 minutes earlier than last year.

The swim is strictly informal. It was 20 years ago that “we formalized an earlier, even more informal, Hobbs Pond swim started by Jonathan and Jennifer Goodman and Carol Shaw,” said Bill Jones, longtime event organizer and swimmer.

Swimmers of all ages are welcome. Volunteer spotters and timers are needed.

There are no entry fees,¬† prizes, t-shirts or fundraising for the event, Jones said. “We do keep records, though, so please give your name and email address.”

Participants may race or relax, Jones said, adding the “water is warm and mostly shallow. Standing and walking are allowed. Among the fastest [swimmers in the event] have been a 67-year-old and a 10-year-old. Just show up and swim or help.”

At the post-swim party, swimmers, helpers and spectators socialize at the Hope Volunteer Library at the Hope Town Office, Jones said. There will be snacks and soft drinks, but lunch is not provided.

To get to the site, one should follow the signs from Routes 105 or 235 to the Hope town beach on Pond Road, off Barnestown Road, near Hope Corner.

For more information, call or email Jones at 763-3576 or at or Dolly Slater at 594-5859 or at

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