The Rotary Club of Salem continues a popular tradition by presenting Olde Salem Days’ 30th celebration on Saturday, September 11th. An average of 60,000 people attend Olde Salem Days each year to purchase handcrafted gifts, visit the food vendors and car show, and enjoy the entertainment.
E.W. “Skip” Lautenschlager, chairman of the Rotary Club’s Olde Salem Days committee, said “We’ve been working since last year to make this anniversary celebration the best one yet for Olde Salem Days. We expect over 400 artists, crafters and classic car exhibitors, as well as an expanded food court. It’s especially fun to welcome new participants to the event.”
The event runs from 10 am to 5 pm, and Salem’s Main Street will be closed from Academy Street to Thompson Memorial Drive. Visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Salem Civic Center. Parking can be also found on designated side streets and some parking lots.
Featuring about 200 cars and trucks, the car show will line up near Mac ‘n Bobs on East Main Street, with a beer garden and hot dog sales near Strawberry Alley. The food court, including a second beer garden, can be found in the Salem Farmers Market on the corner of North Broad Street and West Main. The children’s fair, with a diaper changing area nearby, will be next to the Salem Public Library. A misting tent near the library will cool off visitors who need a break from the heat. The library will hold its yearly book sale.
Proceeds from Olde Salem Days will allow the Rotary Club of Salem to make sizable donations to local charities as well as to support international charitable projects.
Submitted by Treva Carter, Salem Rotary Club