Quakerfest provides array of entertainment

After another post-summer heat blast the weather is more seasonal. Just right for autumn and just right for a big downtown Salem event coming Saturday.

Much like summertime’s Cruise, the annual Salem Quakerfest offers a variety of activities for all ages, most of which are free.

The Quakerfest should be embraced as a come-together community happening. Those who always complain about having nothing to do around here are especially encouraged to attend. And don’t let the ongoing construction on the east side impede you. There are plenty of ways around it and plenty of places to park downtown.

The Quakerfest will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in conjunction with Salem Second Saturday. The event is a joint effort between the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Salem Partnership for Salem Second Saturday. Those folks work tirelessly to promote our city and its downtown. Residents should appreciate that.

At McCulloch Park, there will be a Birds of Prey display by Raptor Hallow Sanctuary. A strolling show will be presented by a comedy juggler and ventriloquist. Restaurants will be open throughout the downtown.

The Salem Firefighters Local 283 will give hay wagon rides. A Quaker Kids Crawl will have children visiting stores and locations for chances to win prizes. At Courtyard Square there will be a yoga obstacle course for kids. There will be face painting, snacks and music.

The Salem Federation of Women’s Club will sponsor a fundraiser scarecrow contest. Visitors will be able to pick a favorite for a People’s Choice for a buck a vote.

The always-involved Salem Historical Society will hold train rides, a circus-theme display, concessions, children’s games and other activities.

The Sons of Union Veterans will honor Civil War veterans during a 5 p.m. service at Grandview Cemetery.

First United Methodist Church — across from city hall — will have a clothes pantry open. Free clothes will be available. Also free pumpkins, cider and donuts from 10 a.m.-noon.

So, yeah, there is something to do for sure Saturday in Salem. Not only that, it is a great opportunity to have some clean and wholesome seasonal fun while rallying around the community spirit. If you can, stop down for a while. You will likely enjoy it.