It is a Salem tradition that it be at least above 80 degrees for the Salem Art Fair & Festival, but that did not dissuade the crowds there on Friday and Saturday.
Although many miss the welcoming shade below the welcoming canopy of the oak trees, the adjusted location at Bush Park still has much to offer to the casual and discriminating art buyer. Those who need something for the garden to those who want something special to adorn themselves with will not go away unsatisfied from the 220 artists booths.
The stage was busy hosting a performance of “The Story of Ferdinand” by the Children’s Educational Theatre, and two other smaller stages offered performances by aerialists, cloggers and other small acts.
The food court had savory offerings from paella to gyros and there was an ice cream and funnel cake truck as well. Beer and wine were also available. Saturday’s headliner performance will be “Fabba” an ABBA tribute band.
The art fair will be open Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bush’s Pasture Park, with the entrance at the corner of Southeast High and Miller Streets. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans, and $5 for teens. Kids under 13 are free.
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Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer for 15 years, and is an avid scuba diver. Topside, she has been taking photographs since age 12, and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter, and full time purchasing land for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University, and has traveled extensively all over the world and the United States.