Salem officials say later closing time for fair was beneficial


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Salem City officials say America’s largest free gate fair welcomed nearly 300,000 visitors between July 3 and July 14.

This year was different than most recent years. Organizers returned to the traditional closing time of 11 p.m., something officials say helped tremendously.

“We had rain of some sort on six different days. Being open an extra hour each night allowed our concession and attraction folks additional time to generate revenue, and it allowed us to squeeze in our fireworks show on July 4,” says Carey Harveycutter, Salem Fair Manager.

The 12-day event helped several non-profits, thanks to donations from fair attendees and advertising from local media.

The Roanoke Rescue Mission received more than 3,000 pairs of socks and several thousand pounds of food was donated to the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry.

The 2020 Salem Fair date will be July 1-12.

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