Residents gathered once again Saturday for the annual Salemfest, celebrating the town and its various nonprofit groups.
"It's nice for the community, just to get to see some faces I haven't seen in a while," said David Callahan, who brought his four boys to the festivities Saturday. "Really what else do we have like this right in town?"
Salemfest, which centers around the intersections of Main Street and Geremonty Drive, includes events at several venues. The annual craft fair at St. David's Episcopal Church drew tents from local craftsmen and artisans. Salemhaven, an elderly residential facility, hosted its fall fair as part of the event Saturday, offering space for the Salem Animal Rescue League, craft vendors and live music. Families also took part in the third-annual Salemfest 5k Run/Walk, hosted by Rockingham Christian Church.
Salemfest also offers a chance for non-profit groups to share their stories and do a little fundraising to support their causes.
Donna Drapeau, president of Salem-based charity Neighbors Helping Newborns, set up a booth at the Kelley Library to share information about her group. The charity donates hand-made baby clothes to families in need and provides burial dresses for families who have lost newborns. Some items were for sale Saturday.
"Salemfest has worked for us," she said. "It helps us get the word out about our services, and it's also a wonderful opportunity to make a little money. We are a non-profit, but we have no source of income, so it really helps."