June Dairy Days Celebrates 50th Anniversary

• Rayna Dressel

West Salem hosts a June Dairy Days Festival the first weekend of June every year. This year, June Dairy Days was held on May 31st through June 2nd. This year it was their 50th anniversary, and they included various activities. From a parade, fireworks, and food to a fishing tournament, fun run, and car show, the June Dairy Days Festival had it all.

The parade lineup included various events from the West Salem High School, including Skills USA, the Summer Musical, and the marching band. Organizations from our community were also pulled in to the march. This includes the West Salem Police department, the West Salem fire department, the West Salem library, many local churches and banks, and more. This year, June Dairy Days is did something new called “Flags of Honor.” This provides the opportunity for individuals to honor someone special by dedicating an American Flag in their name.

June Dairy Days kicked off Friday with a kick off lunch at noon, and they ended the night with Gazebo Entertainment and fireworks. Saturday held activities including a 5k and a 5 minute run/walk, a Poker Run, a parade, and Saturday Night Gazebo Entertainment. The last day of this event was Sunday. A June Dairy Days Classique Bike Tour, a Car Show, Balloons by Kevin, Magic by Isaiah Foster, and Sunday Afternoon Gazebo Entertainment were all held on Sunday. Every day, there were rides, food, and face paint.  

June Dairy Days is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate West Salem.  “I have gone to June Dairy Days for as long as I can remember,” said sophomore Jenna Carns. “I always look forward to going, and I think it’s super exciting to see my friends marching in the parade! I’m was really looking forward to this year as it’s their 50th anniversary and they have a lot of fun events scheduled.”