Salem Derby Day
Pat Thomann, LL Editor
Salem Derby Day
A large crowd came out to this year’s Salem Derby Day celebration. The day began with the Salem Derby Day Pageant winners announced. Lots of cute kids came out and everyone had a great time.
The Derby Pie contest had over a dozen entrees. Judges had a hard time but they finally awarded the First Salem Derby Pies award to Norveline Walker of Salem. The pies were then cut and sold by the slice with the proceeds going to the Salem Garden Club.
Several political candidates had booths set up to talk to prospective voters. Senator Lynn Bechler had a horse drawn carriage there to provide rides around the city. The wife of Jimmy Lamb who is running for Coroner made a challenge to all candidates present to a hula hoop contest. The candidates could hula hoop or make a donation if they did not want to participate. To say the least it was a funny sight to see. Those hula hooping were Jimmy Lamb, Kent Hunter, Bobby Davidson and Jeff Armstrong. There was no clear winner but some did pretty well with the around the neck technique.
The day was filled with lots of food, good music, and blow-ups for the kids and great vendors. Farmer’s Bank sponsored a hula hoop contest for the kids.
Raffles were held and money was raised for some great causes and everyone gave generously. It was great to see the community coming together to help others.
This year’s Derby hat contest was won by Linda Barron and her granddaughter Kodi Stoner received 2nd place. Kodi’s hat featured a horse and was very pretty.
Music was provided by Kara Harris Crowell and Country Line Band. The Salem Bluegrass Cloggers and Rozann’s Place dancers performed. They were all very talented and everyone really enjoyed them.