New Berlin’s Youth Days kicks off tonight

NEW BERLIN – This weekend, the 48th annual New Berlin Youth Day’s celebration includes midway carnival rides, a beauty pageant and a parade involving all of Chenango County’s fire departments.

Youth Days is held on the grounds in front of Milford Academy, along South Main Street in the Village of New Berlin, every year.

This year, the New Berlin Fire Department is hosting the Chenango County Firemen’s Convention and firefighters will be joining in, participating in Saturday’s parade and holding firematics competitions on the event’s grounds Sunday.

“A lot of the kids who come can’t always afford to go other places. We want to draw in families no matter what their economics are. Everyone needs to be a kid. Also this weekend there are usually a number of class reunions and other events scheduled. It’s a weekend when there are a number of people coming home,” said New Berlin Youth Days Committee President Larissa Hanslmaier.

This weekend’s events begin tonight at 6 in the Unadilla Valley High School auditorium with the Miss Youth Days Pageant and presentations of the ‘Youth of the Year’ and ‘Citizen of the Year’ awards. There is also a Gospel music concert from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Milford grounds.

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