Plan now to attend the 48th Little Egypt Festival October 5
Now in its 48th year, the Little Egypt Festival is Salem’s tradition of recognizing its status as the “Gateway to Little Egypt.”
Early settlers in this region recognized the similarities of this area to the land of Egypt, with its confluence of rivers and rich soils for agriculture.
The Little Egypt Festival is always held on the first Saturday of October in downtown Salem, which is October 5 this year, and includes food and craft vendors, activities for kids, a 5K run, a horse show, Big Wheel races, a car show in Bryan Memorial Park, and the big parade at 2 p.m.
As always, the festival is at the mercy of Mother Nature; adverse weather sometimes takes its toll, but generally, it usually turns out to be a very nice day.
This year’s festival is once again being held in conjunction with the Marion County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion, which will hold a dinner Friday evening, parade activities on Saturday, and then entertainment in the park on Sunday. More information related to the Reunion is available on the Marion County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion page on Facebook.
This year’s Little Egypt Festival event schedule is:
7:00 a.m. Car show registration starts in Bryan Memorial Park.
8:00 a.m. Vendor and food area opens.
9:00 a.m. Kids Zone opens, featuring carnival style games, photo props, pony rides, cupcake walk, etc.
10:00 a.m. Big Wheel Race (West Schwartz St.).
12:00 p.m. Broadway & Main St. will close.
1:00 p.m. Horse Show (Franklin Park School).
12:30 p.m. 5K Run. Register at Salem Community Theater before race.
2:00 p.m. 48th Annual Little Egypt Festival Parade.
5:00 p.m. Vendor and food area close.
Come join in the fun.
Pictured are scenes from last year’s Little Egypt Festival.