Gurney Field Day, a celebration of Springfield athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – “Play ball!” Those are the words you’ll hear on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for the 3rd annual Donald I. Gurney Sr. Field Day, a celebration of Springfield athletics.

Join the festivities of Gurney Field Day. Photo provided.

The idea for this event came to fruition in 2016 when the booster club wanted to recognize Mr. Gurney not only as the founder of the Springfield Booster Club but also as a major contributor and supporter of Springfield and its youth. In continued collaboration with Springfield Parks & Rec Dept. and the Springfield School District, we are again ecstatic to present this year’s event, which is bigger and better. We will be celebrating more than 300 athletes, grades K-12.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Parade of Athletes leaving from Veteran’s Memorial Park on Route 106 and traveling to Riverside School. Besides our celebrated athletes, the parade will also include local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and Mr. Gurney’s beloved Calliope. Once the athletes arrive at Riverside, they will be escorted onto Robinson Field for the opening ceremony with guest speaker Christian Craig acting as the day’s MC. The opening ceremony boasts live music, special guests, and a few surprises as always.

Baseball and softball games are scheduled to begin following the opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. With at least 15 games planned, all five fields will be in use for continuous play. The basketball courts will have pickup games and the tennis courts will be in full swing as well. Off-season athletes have been invited along with their coaches to showcase their sports and put on fun clinics.

There will also be numerous activities including a dunk tank, bounce house, foot race, corn hole, and tents set up for face painting and a place to pick up official Gurney Field Day t-shirts and merchandise.

If you get hungry – which we’re sure you will – we have three concession areas planned: at Robinson Field in the red building behind the back stop, at a pop up tent in the middle of the park, and at the pool house where you’ll find a large tent with seating for family dining. The menus will include natural casing hot dogs; local grass fed beef burgers, pasta and potato salads, baked goods, chips, and all the sweets and drinks you can imagine. Oh, and let’s not forget the popcorn.

Youth games will include opponents from our own Springfield teams and surrounding towns – Chester, Charlestown, and Ludlow. JV Baseball will play Burr & Burton, and JV Softball will face off against St. Johnsbury. At 4:30 p.m., varsity baseball takes on Green Mountain and at 7 p.m. under the lights varsity softball squares off against Green Mountain.

The Springfield Booster Club, Springfield Parks & Recreation Department, and Springfield School District would like to invite you to be part of this event – to celebrate our community, our athletes, and our youth.

Donations to make this year’s event even more incredible and sustainable for future years are greatly appreciated and can be sent to the Springfield Booster Club, P.O. Box 666, Springfield, VT 05156. We also welcome donations of goods and services. For more information, call 802-886-1070 or with questions. Be sure to like us on Facebook for all updates at Springfield, VT Booster Club. See you at the field.

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