Berkley Days to celebrate the city May 17-20

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 8, 2018

 Mike Weckessner and his grandson, Josh Penn, have fun on a ride at last year’s Berkley Days carnival. This year’s event takes place May 17-20.

Mike Weckessner and his grandson, Josh Penn, have fun on a ride at last year’s Berkley Days carnival. This year’s event takes place May 17-20.

File photo by Donna Agusti

 Cami Niyo, of Berkley, takes a ride on a motorcycle at last year’s Berkley Days.

Cami Niyo, of Berkley, takes a ride on a motorcycle at last year’s Berkley Days.

File photo by Donna Agusti

BERKLEY — The days of summer are approaching in Berkley, as well as another group of days that aim to bring excitement to the city.

Berkley Days is set to return to Berkley May 17-20. Berkley Days is a celebration that has been around for more than 90 years.

“The thing about Berkley Days that I don’t know that everybody realizes is that Berkley Days originally came together as a fundraiser for all the different community service groups,” said Denise Brainard, chairwoman of the event. “Anybody that comes to visit Berkley Days, they’re helping the community.”

Preceding the main carnival will be a week’s worth of events, including the 40th annual Berkley Days 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 12, which will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; a kids cake-decorating contest on Monday, May 14; and the Taste of Berkley on Thursday, May 17.

A full list of events, with times and locations, can be found at berkleydays.com, where tickets can be purchased for $18 for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and $23 for Saturday.

Brainard said the event splits the proceeds among approximately 25 different organizations. The amount of money that Berkley Days brings in, she said, depends on the weather.

“We usually end up … making around $25,000 between all the events, and when you add up the race and the Taste of Berkley and the carnival and the craft show and all of that stuff,” she said.

Some of the other events during Berkley Days include a beer arena and pony rides May 19-20, and a dunk tank May 20.

One of the individuals who will be in the dunk tank is Mayor Dan Terbrack, who said his three kids love the event and the games, but they especially love having him in the tank.

“It’s just a great time. It’s one of those events that makes Berkley so special. You just have families coming back. We have generations of people who love to come back and see Berkley Days and see what it’s become, and just have a great time,” he said.

Terbrack said he would bet that there will be a nice, long line of people who want to dunk him, but the best part of the event for him is to be around all the people.

“Seeing all the people, watching my kids have so much fun the same way that I did when I was their age going to Berkley Days … these are memories that we’re creating right now that are going to stay with them that they’re going to have, hopefully, when they bring their kids to Berkley Days,” he said.