For about a decade now, the Town of Fenwick Island has held a bonfire on the beach during the week of the Fourth of July holiday, and this year will be no different. The bonfire will be held on Friday, July 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Dagsboro Street, with a rain date of Saturday, July 7.
The bonfire boasts a D.J., and free glow sticks and glow necklaces for attendees, and will also have a 50/50 and a silent auction with prizes from local businesses. Proceeds from the raffle and silent auction, as well as T-shirts sales, are one of the ways the Town’s beach committee raises money for the town’s lifeguards, to help offset the expenses of attending the national lifeguard championship each year, where the Fenwick Island squad routinely makes a top-level showing.
Becca McWilliams of the beach committee said they will have items including T-shirts, fishing poles, golf clubs and balls, restaurant gift cards and Baltimore Ravens tickets available at the silent auction.
In addition, there will also be games for the kids, headed up by the lifeguards.
She said that, while it is hard to estimate how many people attend the bonfire each year, she guesses the number is about 1,000 and she has hopes for this year to be the same.
“Come and enjoy a bonfire! Bring your chair and your beverages and your marshmallows and have a good time!”
While the national lifeguard championships will be held very close to home this year, in Lewes, in past years they have been held as far away as California and in other locations around the country. And there is still an expense for the guards to attend. McWiIliams said the beach committee exists solely to help the lifeguards with those expenses, and they help with such events as the lifeguards’ boot camps and the lifeguard ball.