More than 35,000 festivalgoers filled up Main Street on Saturday, September 8.
PHOTO BY SHAWN NOWLIN

The sights and sounds of the region’s leading arts and crafts event attracted over 35,000 festivalgoers this year.

As was the case last Saturday, the year before and the 35 years prior to that, hundreds of vendors were available to attendees as well as a variety of food options.

“Salem is a small community and events such as Olde Salem Days set us apart from bigger cities. It is really nice to see lots of friends and neighbors showing their support every year,” event chairman Tony Rippee said. “The funds raised stay right here in the Valley and provide tangible evidence that the community can be proud of.”

Hosted by the city and the Salem Rotary Club, free shuttle and remote parking at the Salem Football Stadium were offered to all attendees. Vendors this year ranged from Mike Brightwell’s Kettle Corn to Megan Allen’s Natural Soaps. Tiffany Wingfield remembers being a teenager and attending Olde Salem Days with her parents. Now that she is a mother of three, she wants her children to gain an appreciation of the annual event as well. “Some of…



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