The 2021 ornament in our collectible series features a Salem tradition–the Salem Fair!
From the smell of funnel cakes to the sounds of children’s joyful squeals, there is nothing more nostalgic than going to The Salem Fair! The Fair has been a summer staple in Salem since its debut in 1987.
The Salem Fair is not only the largest in the state, it has also been recognized as one of the top 100 fairs and expositions in the country! Part of the experience is the crowds of people, on their way to their next ride or show. Attracting 350,000 visitors each year, people travel from miles around to Salem each summer to experience the Fair. Hosted by the City of Salem, the Fair is held each year at the Salem Civic Center. Admission to the Fair is free, and while there are charges for rides and food, the Fair generously gives back to the community each year by donating part of its proceeds to local homeless shelters and food pantries.
The Fair has a lot to offer, with more than 40 rides, including the iconic Ferris wheel; a variety of live attractions, like the popular racing pigs; musical performances; food, arts, and crafts competitions for coveted blue ribbon prizes; and a fireworks show on the Fourth of July. There is always something for everyone at the Salem Fair!