Kiwanis Sale & Show returns with more attractions

SALEM —  The 55th annual Kiwanis Sale & Show at Centennial Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday won’t just feature antiques and crafts this year, but also specialty vendors, kids’ games, face painting, kettle korn and more music.

“We’re just trying to get more people in,” Kiwanis President Doug Falk said.

Being promoted now as Kiwanis Saturday, the event is focusing on bringing in families and making the park a destination for a day of fun, according to Kiwanis Vice President Debbie Leggett.

“Our vision down the road is to take the place of the Jubilee,” she said.

The Jubilee was a celebration of the city’s birth, formerly held each July and featuring the Grand Parade the third Saturday of July, the same day as the Sale & Show.

In this case, there’s no parade, but both Leggett and Falk said they want to keep people coming by opening the event up to more than just antiques and crafts while continuing to encourage antique dealers and crafters to keep coming to offer their wares. Spots remain available by contacting Falk at 330-853-0158.

“We want to have attractions that appeal to everybody,” Falk said.

Admission is free, but the Sale & Show serves as the major fundraiser for the Kiwanis through the fee for dealer spaces and a huge basket raffle. The funds support the group’s Salem High School Key Club and the group’s community service efforts, such as support of the Banquet in Salem and donations to the United Way and Salvation Army and other local charities.

New this year will be the specialty vendors such as Thirty-one (featuring specialty bags), Lip Sense, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pampered Chef and Tupperware, kids’ games, face painting and a kettle korn dealer.

The entertainment lineup includes Stormin’ Norm’n from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Bill Grey. Leggett said people can bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the day.

Also new this year, the baskets up for raffle will be more visible under a tent instead of being in the pavilion, with all types of donated baskets up for grabs featuring lottery tickets, wine, coffee, movies and more. Leggett said there’s an authentic Michael Kors purse, too. Tickets are one for $1, six for $5, 15 for $10, 35 for $20 and 55 for $30.

A separate raffle will be held for a pair of Browns tickets for the Dec. 8 game against Cincinnati, with the drawing Sept. 5. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20.

Tickets will also be on sale for two season tickets to Ohio State football at $5 per ticket. The drawing will be in August in Columbus.

mgreier@salemnews.net.

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