Fountain City Days looks to grow

GOLDFIELD – Fountain City Days’ organizers have one goal in mind for this year’s festival: growth.

Carmen Jones, a festival organizer, said there are several new events and attractions at Fountain City Days, which will be held Friday through July 27.

“We have a three-on-three basketball tournament for adults in the park, and we have a golf tournament over at Oak Ridge (Golf Course),” Jones said. “We’ll also have a 5- and 10k run.”

Cash prizes will be given to the winners of those events.

Jones said there will also be raffles held throughout Fountain City Days.

“The Women’s Club will also be having a vendor show at the school,” she said. “I believe they have around 20 vendors. We will also have a farmers market and a vendors show uptown in front of city hall.”

There will also be an adult bean-bag toss along with a beer garden.

Though there are many new events, Jones said some perennial favorites will also be making a comeback.

“We always have the duck races,” she said. “They can purchase ducks almost anywhere in town here in Goldfield.”

The plastic ducks will be placed in the water, and the winning duck’s owner will receive a Kindle Fire.

A free barbecue will also be held in the Goldfield City Park.

Most events ask for pre-registration, but Jones said some will allow same-day sign-up.

Jones said she and other organizers would like to get more people involved in Fountain City Days.

“We really want to grow,” she said. “We want people to explore Goldfield and see what the businesses have done.”

She said the festival has “been pretty withered the last few years,” which prompted the new events being scheduled.

“We want to try and get the middle-aged group of people to come,” she said. “We have inflatables for the kids in the park, but we haven’t been able to get that middle-aged group to turn out. We want the younger folks to get in there to explore it and enjoy it so they can maybe participate next year.”

Money raised from some of the sales will also benefit the community, according to Jones. With the money, the city plans to apply for a grant that will help get new playground equipment in the city park as well as money for paint and other improvements.

In fact, one town improvement has already gotten underway.

“We are redoing our dam down by the river,” Jones said, adding the project is expected to be done later this year.

Overall, Jones said she is happy with the way planning has gone and is hoping to see large turnout this weekend.

“We’re really proud of our town,” she said. “We’re trying to make (Fountain City Days) a lot larger, and we’ve got a great group on our committee right now.”