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UPDATES: Showbiz Salem returns Saturday

June 2, 2022 at 4:34pm

Salem businesses recognized for economic impact from travel

Participants in the Ironman event race past spectators in Riverfront Park during the 13.1-mile to Minto Brown Island and back on Sunday, July 25. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Salem's tourism bureau is recognizing ten businesses and one person that helped bring in revenue to the local economy from travel in 2020 and 2021.

Travel Salem's Most Oregon Part of Oregon awards honor "a few of the region's superstars" who helped lead the tourism industry through the first two years of the pandemic, according to a press release.

Longtime Salem resident and historical preservation advocate Hazel Patton receiveed the "Most Dedicated" award for her committment to preserving the city's history, showing its beauty and "helping create a rich, welcoming destination through every project she has been a part of," including Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, and her work raising money for micro shelters that help people transition out of homelessness, the press release said.

Parallel 45 Brewery received the “Most Brewlicious” award for their production of “crowlers” - sealed, singular cans on demand - during the height of the pandemic.

The "Most Authentic" award went to Don Froylan Creamery for their in-house, hand-crafted artisan cheese made from 11,000 gallons of raw milk weekly and "for creating an authentic visitor experience," the release said.

The Santiam Canyon River Territory got the “Most Resilient” award for their "remarkable leadership and resilience" following the 2020 wildfires.

The “Most Impactful” award went to IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon for drawing 2,300 athletes in 2020 and more than 7,000 spectators as well as while bringing more than $10 million in revenue for the local economy.

The Willamette Heritage Center was awarded “Most Connected” for bringing different generations together through preservation, interpretation and innovative events such as Magic at the Mill, Sheep to Shawl and the “Zooming Back to History” online presentations.

Taproot Lounge & Café received the “Most Collaborative” award was for their "innovative partnerships and commitment to support and assist neighbors in times of need," the release said.

The “Most Oregon Part of Oregon” award went to the Salem lodging community for creating the Salem Tourism Promotion Area, which brought a 2% lodging fee. "Their collective vision injected funding to increase tourism marketing, sales, and development efforts which has driven increased visitation to the area, along with increased visitor expenditures," according to the release.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

June 2, 2022 at 1:11pm

Pick up a Gerry Frank memento at estate sale starting Friday

Gerry Frank celebrates his 96th birthday with friends - and chocolate cake - in an event at the Oregon Historical Society (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Oregon keepsakes and travel mementos from the estate of the late Gerry Frank are on sale this weekend at the late citizen's south Salem home.

The collection includes monogrammed towels, souvenirs from Frank's travels to over 150 countries and some Oregon keepsakes including a limited edition Pendleton blanket signed by former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

Frank died in March at age 98 after a life involved in Oregon business, politics and civic organizations, including raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities.

The sale by Muriel Walsh Estate Sales will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 3250 Crestview Dr. S.

Other items on offer include a soft-serve ice cream machine, Frank's colorful collection of clothing, an autographed Charlie Chaplain portrait and a life preserver from the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, according to a sale listing.

Monogrammed towels are among the items on offer at Gerry Frank's estate sale this weekend (Muriel Walsh Estate Sales)

-Rachel Alexander

June 2, 2022 at 12:15pm

Salem trade show returns Saturday, first since 2015

Event flier (Courtesy/ShowBiz Salem)

Salem residents can get acquainted with dozens of local businesses and nonprofits while enjoying live music when ShowBiz Salem returns Saturday from a seven-year hiatus.

The tradeshow and job fair will be at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event will have live entertainment, over 125 local merchants, and food and spirits, according to its website.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce held ShowBiz for 19 straight years and had its last show in 2015 before Bruce Taylor, longtime publisher of the Salem Business Journal, took it over two years later, according to Ben Punley, current ShowBiz director.

Punley said Taylor asked if he wanted to help run the next event, and they planned to hold it in May 2020 before the pandemic hit. They eventually rescheduled for December 2021, but Taylor was diagnosed with cancer a few months prior and had to turn the event over to Punley.

Punley said the focus of the event is bringing awareness to area nonprofits, helping local businesses get new customers and connecting employers with employees.

Parking and admission are free. Organizers suggest a $3 donation, which would be shared with nonprofits at the event.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian