Superhero Saturday theme for monthly event

SALEM — Anyone in need of a hero may find plenty roaming the streets of downtown this weekend during Salem Second Saturday’s Superhero Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. along East State Street, South Broadway, Lundy, Penn and Lincoln.

Both children and adults can dress as their favorite Superhero for a costume contest, test their escape skills, check out a comics show and sale, compete in an obstacle course and meet some real live heroes from the police and fire departments, including K-9 Argo. Children can also make masks and crafts, drink lemonade from Alex’s Lemonade Stand to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer and meet Captain America on the Village Green.

Salem Second Saturday is a monthly collaboration by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Salem Partnership as a means to pull people into the downtown to patronize local shops and restaurants. Each month has a theme and this month focuses on Superheroes.

According to information provided by Salem Second Saturday, here are the times and places for the various activities:

–Salem Historical Society Superhero Costume Contest, South Lundy Avenue, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ribbons awarded for Best Group, Best Child Costume (Under 12), Best Youth Costume (12-17), Best Adult Costume (18-64), and Best Senior Costume (65 plus).

— Superhero Escape Room pop-up by Village Escapes, 542 E. State St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 to 9 p.m., tickets are $5 each, children 5 and under free, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, sign up early for a spot, with sign-ups beginning at 9:30 a.m. for the 15-minute escape room.

— Watchtower Comics, pop-up show and sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LiB’s Market

— Kids’ mask making and crafts, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Daydreamers Studio on Penn Avenue and Brightside Project on South Broadway, Brightside also collecting school supplies and snacks for Back to School and Kids Food Pantry drives.

— Airdrop Obstacle Course, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., South Broadway, to test Superhero speed and skills.

— Alex’s Lemonade Stand, hosted by Lawson’s Once Lived Furniture, national charity to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer and teach kids about philanthropy and entrepreneurship.

— Local fire department and police force heroes, including K-9 Argo, meet-and-greet, 1 to 3 p.m., Home Savings & Loan.

— Captain America meet-and-greet, front lawn of Salem Area Chamber of Commerce building, sponsored by chamber and Alzheimer’s Association.

For updates, visit the Salem Second Saturday Facebook page or VisitSalemOhio.com.