Down Home Ranch sets Swim Fest fund-raiser

ELGIN—Down Home Ranch, a working farm and ranch for people w ith intellectual and developmental disabilities (such as Down syndrome) will host its sixth annual Swim Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Labor Day, Sept. 6.

The 21 residents of Dow n Home Ranch and their team buddies swim, hop, float or walk a collective mile in the ranch pool to raise money to make the residents’ annual vacation possible. Yet again, as in years past, ranchers and staff will board the Carnival Ecstasy for a four-day cruise to Cozumel and back.

The residential homes compete for the annual Swim Fest trophy by raising funds to make the vacation possible.

The five residential homes at the ranch are Barnabas, Gabriel and Joseph Houses for men and Teresa and Martha Houses for women. The house that raises the most money wins the trophy, but all ranchers benefit from the fund-raiser.

The fest takes place at the DHR pool area and the public is welcome to attend. The Makea Mile Swim begins at 10 a.m. Concessions and free swim open at 11 a.m. Burgers, hot dogs and veggie-burgers will be sold from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This year’s Swim Fest trophy will be awarded at noon.

Additional information on the Down Home Ranch and directions to the ranch are available at

Donations may be made to the Swim Fest by mailing a check to 20250 FM 619, Elgin, T X 78621, by calling the office 888- 926-2253 toll-free to charge to a credit card or by going online to and clicking on the Swim Fest graphic.

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