Annual Quakerfest set for this weekend

SALEM–Area residents can celebrate fall in a variety of locations both in and around downtown Salem during the annual Quakerfest starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“Quakerfest has been a fall-themed festival for many years under the direction of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and is now proudly included as a theme for Salem Second Saturday. We are pleased to offer a day of fun, family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. We are especially proud of the collaboration between businesses and local organizations to provide a variety of special events,” Chamber Executive Director Lori Jewell said.

Families can take part in some of the same fun activities they’ve become accustomed to seeing at Quakerfest, including the haywagon rides sponsored by Salem Firefighters Local 283 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at McCulloch Park, SAM the Safety Squirrel sponsored by Salem Area Safety Council, the Birds of Prey display by Raptor Hollow Sanctuary sponsored by the chamber at McCulloch Park, festive music downtown sponsored by the Salem Computer Center, face painting and popcorn at The Brightside Project on South Broadway; vendors sponsored by the chamber in downtown and a petting zoo, pony rides, train rides, concessions, Sons of Veterans display and Yellow Brick Place children’s games at the Salem Historical Society off of South Lundy Avenue, all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

New activities this year include a photo op with a unicorn sponsored by the chamber from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free pumpkin cookies donated from Michele Walla, and free pumpkins donated by Halverstadt Properties and Kaiser Towing, both while supplies last, all at McCulloch Park; free treats at Byler, Wolfe, Lutsch and Kampfer, CPA’s on State Street from noon to 2 p.m.; pumpkin decorating at J & M Pools on South Broadway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pumpkin coloring contest/free pumpkins from 1 to 4 p.m. at Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs and Ruth Smucker House on South Broadway; open house and freebies from 10 a.m. to noon sponsored by Daydreamers Art Studio and art demonstrations and open house from noon to 2 p.m. sponsored by Crooked Tree Studios, both on Penn Avenue; fall basket raffle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Flower Loft on North Lincoln; drink specials at LiB’s Market on State; and acoustic music, children’s activities and light snacks at First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on South Broadway.

The Quaker Kid Crawl sponsored by the chamber will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants directed to pick up forms at participating locations and McCulloch Park. Look for the numbered pumpkin signs.

Quaker Kids Crawl participants are Charm House Decor, Daydreamers Art Studio, Kids Zone, Lawson’s Once Loved Furniture, LiB’s Market, Natural Solutions, Pure Pet, Reach for the Stars, Recycled Treasures, Ruth Smucker House, Salem Historical Society, Simply Scarves, State Street Salon, The Brightside Project and Troll’s Jewelry.

A closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Salem Quaker Meeting House on East Sixth Street.

The Salem Historical Society will also have the ever-popular Ghost Trolley Tours at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 330-205-3923.

Salem Second Saturday is a collaboration of the chamber and the Downtown Salem Partnership, aimed at bringing people to downtown to support local businesses and restaurants.