Festival fun returns to the Roanoke Valley with the 34th Salem Fair

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Salem, Va. (WFXR) – Come one, come all! Virginia’s largest fair — not to mention America’s largest free door fair — returns to Salem on Wednesday, bringing approximately 350,000 guests with it over the next two weeks!

According to organizers, the Salem Fair will be held on the grounds of the Salem Civic Center in the heart of the Roanoke Valley at the following times, with doors closing at 10 p.m. each evening:

  • 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Wednesday, June 29 to Friday, July 1
  • From noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3
  • from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday July 4 to Friday July 8
  • From noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10

Check out the following details about the Salem Fair mounted, attractionsand food options for 2022:

There’s no entrance fee and parking is free for the Salem Fair, but the rides cost money. However, organizers say there will be wristband promotions – as well as musical entertainment shows – available each night:

  • Wednesday, June 29: Opening Night with WFXR
    • You can buy ride wristbands for $17 that will let you ride until 11 p.m., but only if you buy them before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., wristbands are $28 to ride until 10 p.m.
    • Martin & Kelly will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 30:
    • You can buy a family pack of four wristbands for $70 that will get you riding until 11 p.m., but only if you buy them before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., wristbands are $29 to ride until 10 p.m.
    • Martin & Kelly will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday July 1:
    • You can buy $23 ride wristbands that will let you ride until 11 p.m., but only if you buy them before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., wristbands are $29 to ride until 10 p.m.
    • Crobar Cane will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 2: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Party
    • You can buy afternoon wristbands for $19 that will get you riding from noon to 5 p.m., but only if you buy them before 4 p.m. you have to buy them before 8 p.m.
    • Cimmaron will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday July 3:
    • You can purchase $19 ride wristbands all day between noon and 4 p.m. that will allow you to ride until 11 p.m. Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., you can purchase the $25 ride wristbands.
    • Emily Angell will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 4: Pepsi Night
    • If you bring two cans or bottles of Pepsi, you can purchase wristbands for $24. If you don’t bring the Pepsi, the wristbands will cost $28 and will only be sold until 10 p.m.
    • Cimmaron will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
    • The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.
  • Tuesday, July 5: Help the less fortunate with the Roanoke Rescue Mission and Mrs. Dorsey Clothes Closet
    • If you bring two pairs of new socks, you can purchase wristbands for $19. If you don’t bring the socks, the wristbands will cost $28 and will only be sold until 10 p.m.
    • Glen Shelton will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 6: Merchants’ Night
    • All race wristbands will be $24, no coupon required, but will only be sold until 10 p.m.
    • The Kings will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 7: Salem Food Pantry Nigh, presented by Kroger, WFXR and Spirit FM
    • If you bring two non-perishable items, you can purchase wristbands for $19. If you don’t bring the items, wristbands will cost $28 and will only be sold until 10 p.m.
    • Cimmaron will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Friday July 8:
    • You can purchase ride wristbands for $23, but they must be purchased by 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., wristbands will cost $29.
    • Mountain Highway will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Saturday July 9:
    • You can buy afternoon wristbands for $19 that will get you riding from noon to 5 p.m., but only if you buy them before 4 p.m. you have to buy them before 8 p.m.
    • Adam Rutledge will perform on the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday July 10: Final Day Blast at the Fair
    • You can buy $19 wristbands all day that will get you riding from noon to 11 p.m., but only if you buy them before 4 p.m. You can also purchase wristbands for $24 between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    • The Phat Boys Band will perform at the Hart Motors Music Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

If carnival rides aren’t exactly your cup of tea – or you just want to escape the heat – you can check out the trade exhibitions in the air-conditioned comfort of the Salem Civic Center from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.

Meanwhile, organizers say several safety measures are in place to ensure the Salem Fair is safe and fun for all attendees:

  • Children 17 and under must be accompanied on the fairgrounds at all times by a parent or guardian over the age of 25 who has a valid ID
  • Everyone will be subject to bag checks and electronic metal detection screening upon entry to the gate.
  • No animals are allowed.

To learn more about the 34th Salem Fair, follow this link.

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