The timing will be right Saturday for the annual Family Fall Fun Day in downtown Salem.
Coinciding with the first official day of autumn, the event is sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Formerly known as Heritage Day, it is one of the longest-running traditions aimed at bringing residents downtown to support businesses and organizations and to have some plain old fun. It will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Table vendors will be set up in front of various businesses and in McCulloch Park on East State Street. The downtown Salem Farmers Market will be open. The Salem Fire Department will provide hayrides downtown. There will be a petting zoo on the site of the former Grand Theatre. The very community-oriented Realife Church will offer children's activities including a bounce house.
The Dale Shaffer Research Library operated by the Salem Historical Society at 293 S. Lundy Ave. will have exhibits and Underground Railroad trolley tours will begin at noon and 2 p.m. Events at the library will be held between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities will include Bonnie Trimble, giving spinning wheel and rope-making demonstrations with children being able to make shoes laces; resident and Civil War enthusiast John Gilbert, appropriately attired in uniform, sharing history and tales; Ye Olde Quaker Wood Carvers giving demonstrations; and, Sam Moore, Farm and Dairy columnist, displaying his restored 1948 Minneapolis Moline Z tractor and the Salem Historical Society displaying its 1923 Ford Model-T Doctor's Coupe. At 1 p.m., in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a public reading will be done on the library patio.
The Family Fall Fun Day is another downtown event that is, of course, nearby with many related activities free, especially those for the children. It brings people into the heart of our city and helps support home-based businesses. We certainly encourage those of you looking for something to do on the first day of fall to visit and support the event.