NEW BERLIN – New Berlin’s 49th annual Youth Days celebration kicked off Thursday night with the Miss Youth Days Pageant and is heading into the event with a weather forecast far better than last year’s.
This past winter, the New Berlin Youth Days Committee held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the New Berlin Fire Station to bridge a first ever gap in funding caused by poor attendance at last year’s gathering.
Last year’s Youth Days was held as a series of torrential rains passed over the area, reducing attendance on opening night to only 100 people – a far cry from the anticipated 1,500 visitors. The following day, the storms continued to deter patrons and delayed the parade by a half hour. Hundreds who turned out for the wet event sought shelter in nearby storefronts as the worst of the weather passed by.
“In all the years we can remember having the event, we can’t remember a single time we’ve had this problem before,” said committee member and New Berlin NBT Bank Branch Manager Brian Burton.
The problem, apart from the poor weather, was the lack of attendance and sales the event failed to generate, leaving planners with a $1,000 debt.