By Brenda L. Holmes
NORTH SALEM —
NORTH SALEM – Thousands of visitors flocked to North Salem once again for the annual Old Fashion Days celebration. The Labor Day Weekend tradition was packed with activities for festival goers young and old.
Events kicked off Saturday morning with a smorgasbord breakfast hosted by the United Methodist Church on Pearl Street. The Hendricks Power Cooperative parade was a popular event as the streets were lined with people to catch candy and see some antique tractors.
Rodger Ward of the Old Fashion Days planning committee served as the emcee of the parade. He introduced each float and entry in the parade.
“We are very pleased with how the parade turned out,” Ward said. “We have a fabulous town and warm, welcoming residents. The level of cooperation we get from residents of the town and the town board is exceptional.”
Ward said he may be a little biased about the Old Fashion Days parade because he's a self-proclaimed “parade-o-maniac.”
“I just love parades,” he said. “I even travel to the Rose Bowl Parade in California every two or three years.”
Ward got some help from U.S. Congressman Todd Rokita in introducing some local heroes who served in the armed forces during World War II.
“We love coming out to this town,” Rokita said. “Our family will be enjoying activities all day.”
He said he was honored to introduce the WWII veterans and thanked them for their service to the country.
The three-day celebration included a variety of live music, shopping opportunities, contests, and plenty of festival food.
On Sunday, there was a community worship service, car show, pie contest, gospel sing, kiddie tractor pull, line dancing, and horse pulls. Monday brought a 10K, 5K walk and run, pet parade, talent show, bed races, pizza eating contest, and a raffle.
“We have everything from handmade jewelry to a blacksmith,” Ward said. “I think the church served between 400 and 500 breakfasts this morning.”
He said there are about seven members of the festival committee but there are countless volunteers and businesses that make the event possible.
This was the 38th year for Old Fashion Days Festival. Corporate sponsors of the event included North Salem State Bank, Wathen Insurance, Hendricks Power Cooperative, Hendricks Regional Health, Fleece Insurance, Line Back Liquor, and Pip Printing and Marketing Services.