UPDATE: Salem Fair staying open for business, but kids need chaperone over age 25 after opening night shooting

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UPDATE 3:17 p.m. (7/8/21): Just over a week after a shooting at the Salem Fair left two people injured, organizers have announced new rules about the adult chaperone rule for kids under 18.

As soon as the gates at the Salem Fair open at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, children age 17 and under need to be accompanied on the fairgrounds by a parent or guardian with a valid I.D. who is over the age of 25.

The gates will close at 10 p.m., but the fairgrounds and rides will not close until 11 p.m.

The Salem Fair will also be open from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 9, and then noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11.

This comes the same night as Salem Food Pantry Night, which is sponsored by Kroger, WFXR News and Spirit FM. Until 10 p.m. on Thursday, you can get a wristband for $17 instead of $27 if you bring two items of non-perishable food.


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — In light of the shooting during the Salem Fair’s opening night that sent two people to the hospital and left a boy facing a number of charges, fair organizers plan to keep the event going with a few new security policies.

“Our hearts go out to those who were affected by last night’s unfortunate incident at the Salem Fair,” said Director of Civic Facilities Wendy Delano. “In the 33 years this event has been held, we have never had to deal with an event like this. We have worked diligently with our city management, public safety officials and Deggeller Attractions since last night to enhance safety for all of our guests.”

According to a post on the Salem Fair Facebook page on Thursday, July 1, the fair hours will continue as regularly scheduled — 4 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. on weekends.

In addition, if you purchased a wristband or redeemed your Megapass on opening night, you can redeem your wristband for a new one for Wednesday, July 7, but you must have the wristband from Wednesday, June 30 to redeem it.

If you purchased a Megapass in advance and are looking for a refund, fair organizers say they are evaluating the options and plan to have an answer after the Fourth of July weekend.

The City of Salem says everyone will be subject to bag checks and electronic metal detecting at gate entry. In addition, children under age 18 must be accompanied on the fairgrounds by an adult parent or guardian with a valid I.D.

“We always work diligently for the safety of our visitors,” Salem Fair Manager Carey Harveycutter said. “Our safety protocols are always being improved and that is no exception with this edition of the fair.”

The gates will close at 10 p.m., but the fairgrounds and rides will not close until 11 p.m.

Organizers say there will be an increased number of police staff members throughout the fairgrounds, as well as additional plain clothed and uniformed officers on site.

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