Bay Days are almost here. The nearly 60-year-old tradition of rides, food and entertainment will continue July 3-6 at Cahoon Park on Lake Road.

Bay Days, sponsored by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club, will kick off at noon July 3, when rides and attractions open. Approximately 14 different rides are planned, including many geared to ages 5 and under.

Rides are open from noon-10:30 p.m. each day. A $19 daily fee provides access to all rides from noon–5 p.m. After 5 p.m., attendees can purchase individual tickets for each ride. General admission is free.

Kiwanian Tony Dostal has helped organize Bay Days for 45 years. The event started on a smaller scale in the early 1950s before going on hiatus, and it has been taking place annually since the ’60s, he said.

“The rides and attractions are likely to be placed on the parking lots and paved surfaces this year, near the Community House, given the ample rainfall the area has seen recently,” Dostal said. The Community House is on the east side of Cahoon Road.

On July 4, the 5-Mile Run and .85-mile Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. in front of Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road. Both are sponsored by the Cleveland West Road Runners Club.

The 5-Mile Run can be raced on foot or wheelchair, although kids need to be registered by a parent or guardian. To register for the 5-Mile Run or Kids Fun Run, go to

Also on July 4, the Children’s Bike, Trike and Wagon Parade will meet at the gazebo at 11:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., Dr. U R Awesome will perform “bubbleology” tricks at the gazebo near the Community House. At 2 p.m., there will be a vintage baseball game played in old-fashioned uniforms between the Villagers and Whiskey Island Shamrocks.

Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. The rain date is July 5. 

The popular Classic Car Cruise-in is at 5 p.m. on July 6. A $10 donation to the Kiwanis Club is requested of those who drive in with classic cars.

Each evening at 7, there will be live music in the gazebo. The lineup includes GeezeCats, the Sloppy Joe Band, the Bay Community Band, and the Dan Zola Orchestra.

Cahoon Road will be closed for the event, and entry and exit points for the festival will be on Wolf Road.

Sarah Kilroy is a freelance writer in Fairview Park.

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