Salemites of all ages filled Riverfront Park to see the first night of holiday lights as part of a celebration Friday.
By Laura Tesler - Special to Salem Reporter
Volunteers put on Thanksgiving meals for guests at Salem’s Union Gospel Mission and the ARCHES Project.
The annual run is a benefit for Safety Compass, which provides counseling and services to sex trafficking survivors.
Avocado toast, skeletons, a family from Mario Kart and a mini Bob Ross were among the costumes on display during the Fairmount Halloween Parade and annual South Salem High School community trick-or-treat.
Students and faculty at Willamette University highlighted the Oregon oak with a Saturday festival that included acorn pancakes, oak seedling planting and locally-grown delicacies.
The Saturday event brought carvers from several Indigenous nations together prior to the dedication of a commissioned “welcome figure” by Bobby Mercier of the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde.
Punx in the Park brought five local punk bands to the stage Saturday in an event to provide resources and collect donations for local youth.
The festival, which began in 1973 as a friendly competition between local farmers, now includes ATV, tractor and horse pulls with competitors from around the west.
A cornhole tournament and Alice in Wonderland cosplay spectacular both graced Salem this weekend.
Thousands of luminaria lit up the park as Salemites remembered departed loved ones in the annual event.