Gala Days

A History

The first “Gala Day” was held on September 2, 1945 in the town of Berwick. This event was sponsored by the Berwick Amateur Athletic Association to improve Rainforth Park. The event has expanded to a multi-day event, now called Gala Days. The festival attracts approximately 7,000 people annually.

The longstanding success of Gala Days is attributed to the many volunteers from the community at large. Volunteers plan the festival all year long, and operate each event as it takes place throughout the weekend. In 1945, the first Gala Days program included such events as horse pulling, a tug of war, a street parade, women’s softball, men’s baseball, a United Church supper and a street dance to end the day. Current events include children’s activities, musical performances, horse and ox pulls, various strength competitions and races, parades, fireworks, a craft fair, a dance, eating contests, horse, livestock, and car shows, and the crowning of a Gala Day Queen.

The volunteer committee’s tireless efforts, along with support from the town’s Recreation Department, have allowed Gala Days to be a coveted festival for those who live within or near Berwick. All funds raised go back to support youth activities in Berwick and its surrounding areas.

We look forward to seeing you all there,

Your Berwick Gala Days Committee
Proudly Supporting Our Youth