The June Dairy Days carnival, a staple of West Salem’s annual community celebration, is set to return to downtown West Salem next week.
The four-day festival is Thursday, June 1, with a movie in the park at 6:30 p.m., followed by the announcing of the parade marshal at noon Friday during the official kickoff lunch at Westview Inn.
This year’s festivities include a parade, tractor ride, car show, fishing tournament, plenty of food, refreshments and entertainment, and once again a carnival.
Last year, inflatable bounce houses, slides and other games courtesy of The Big-E entertainment company took the place of the Ferris wheels, tilt-a-whirls and bumper cars after the carnival company backed out.
“The last carnival pulled out because they didn’t have the room for their biggest attractions,” June Dairy Days President Leroy Brown said. “Luckily we were able to get the Big-E inflatables.”
He said the loss of the carnival last year hurt participation and left many disappointed. This wasn’t the first time the June Dairy Days celebration has been left without a carnival.
Brown said it’s never ideal, but with fewer carnival company’s out there to choose from, it’s always a possibility.
He said unlike inflatable rides, the carnival generates a profit for the organization.
Space won’t be an issue at this year’s June Dairy Days carnival.
Brown said S&J Enterprises, the company hired to provide carnival rides and services for this year’s June Dairy Days festivities, had no problem with the space available.
“It will be good to work with them,” he said.
Beginning Friday rides will go up near Allied Co-op off of Mill Street behind the Village Park.
All access carnival wristbands will be available for $15 Friday even from 6-10 p.m.
Brown said in addition to the return of the carnival, farm tractors and implements will join the collection of vintage muscle cars, supercars and ratrods for the first time during the Sunday car show. Car and tractor show registration begins Sunday at 9 a.m.