John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
I would like to thank everyone who had an active role in producing and running the Bay View Bash. This event was a great success. There was a very large crowd in attendance. The Children's Area had a lot of visiters. There was the presentation of the awards for the Dog Parade. Rainbow Randa had her Patriotic Clown Act. We had young Irish dancers from Kinsella showing us their talents. We had the Princess of Magic, Julie Sobanski performing her magic acts. We had a special performance of fire technology and juggling. We had a demonstration of CPR lifesaving methods on stage. The Milwaukee Fire Department sent an engine for the kids to see and the Milwaukee Police Department had McGruff make an appearance in the Children's Area. We had a Moonwalk and other such devices for the kids to enjoy. Children's games were available to play. Each child received a small packet of useful materials to use and adults received one packet per family before we exhausted our supply. Various non-profit organizations and schools had tables and exhibits in the area. All in all, a pleasant time was had by all who attended the Children's Area of the Bay View Bash. This area of the Bash closed at 6 pm.
There were five stages at the Bay View Bash, including one in the Children's Area. There was a strongman contest overn near S. Lenox St. and S. KK Ave. There were bands playing at the other three stages until 10 pm. There were many vendors available at the Bash. Several thousand people attended this event.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at, attended or otherwise was involved in the Bay View Bash. Thank you for having this great event.