Attendance down and oak trees protected

Part of the new site of the 73rd annual Salem Art Fair at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem on July 7. The site was moved to help care for the white oaks that have been a draw for the Art Fair.

After two years as a virtual event, the Salem Art Fair and Festival recently returned to Bush’s Pasture Park with a whole new footprint, pricing structure and leadership.

So how did it go?

Attendance was down slightly from previous years, said Matthew Boulay, executive director of the Salem Art Association, which puts on the festival. And the event suffered from the same staffing and supply shortages hitting the whole economy.

But overall, the association thought it was a success, Boulay said.

“People seemed to remember, this is what we do in July,” he said. “We are really happy that so many people came out after not being here for two years.”

Boulay said he expects to have exact attendance figures early next month.

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