Chamber Plans Annual Dinner

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is planned for Saturday, Nov. 7th at Southern Hills Church. Tickets will go on sale, Monday, Oct. 5th at the Chamber Office, located at 201 E Market Street (inside Salem City Hall) for only $25.00. The dinner is open to the public. Persons do not have to be a Chamber Member to attend the event.

The Annul dinner will begin at 5 pm with the Mock-Tail Hour, sponsored by Eddie Gilstrap Motors. Followed by a game (with prizes), dinner, awards and LIVE auction. Other sponsors of the event are listed on the webpage.

Winners of the Citizen of the Year, Emerging Youth Entrepreneur Award and Business of the Year will be announced. Nominations forms for these awards are available on this website or via email at


Old Settlers’ Days Officially Selected for Indiana’s Bicentennial

The Washington County Old Settlers’ Committee is proud to announce that the Old Settlers’ Days festivals for 2015 & 2016 have been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to be included in the Indiana Bicentennial celebration. 

Indiana Legacy ProjectThe Old Settlers’ Days festival continues to honor our territorial county’s pioneer heritage, as it has since 1875.  The free to the public event is always the 3rd weekend in September, from 10am to 5pm, and for its 35th consecutive year, will be centered around the Pioneer Village of the John Hay Center, in Salem.

The festival returns the village to functioning form and fills it with reenactments and demonstrators.  It also includes; special guest historical reenactors, several musical acts, pioneer era contests, a wide variety of food, artisan and vendor booths, numerous games and activities for children and free access to the Stevens Museum and The Depot train museum. 

So be sure not to miss this momentous community celebration, connecting our state and county’s pioneer heritage to the generations of today! 

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Grand Opening of the Community Fitness Park

Community Fitness Park - Salem IndianaThe Awareness Washington County (AWC) Class of 2014 is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of its class project – the COMMUNITY FITNESS PARK – on Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm. The public is invited and food and drink will be available. Come celebrate the opening of this family friendly park which is located at the corner of Homer and Mill Streets in Salem, Indiana. The Community Fitness Park is in close proximity to the Walking Trail, contains 9 pieces of permanent outdoor exercise equipment and is free to the public.

The Salem Tree Board has generously agreed to provide and plant shade trees at the site. Picnic tables made by local craftsman Jacob Schmidt will be placed amongst the trees.

Further local support has come from equipment sponsors, as well as materials and financial donors; Eddie Gilstrap Motors, John Jones, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, Salem Crossing, GKN, Senior Citizens Center, Jeans Extrusions, Jason Wade State Farm, La Gene’s Jewelers, Quick Seal, Meadowview, Fox Purlee, City of Salem Parks and Recreation, Knapp Miller Brown, Marshall Monuments, Salem Lumber, Deer Country, Ace Hardware, Ewen Insurance, Anne Terrell and Tom Fultz. Residents of the immediate neighborhood have donated good will, valuable advice and insight as well as tools. The class extends a special thank you to Temple and Temple, who excavated and drilled through rock in order to prepare the site; without their help, the project would have been impossible at its current location. Property was donated by the City of Salem; it was formerly owned and donated by the Tarr family.


AWC Class of 2015 Project

For our class project, the AWC Class of 2015, has chosen to lead the way in lighting the walking trail in Salem with Solar LED light posts.

Light the PathOur primary fundraising effort will be to invite individuals, businesses and organizations to consider sponsoring a light post. At this time we are estimating the cost of sponsorship to be $250. If you choose to sponsor a light, an engraved recognition plate would be placed on the light post with your designated message or sponsorship. We will also accept donations to assist with general costs of installation.

The project is in the early stages and we will be testing lights and finalizing details on the size of the recognition plate. We have established a Facebook page to post updates and an email address to provide a contact point if you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring a light. We hope to install the lights in the fall.

This is a great way to honor someone or to promote your organization or business!

If you are interested in sponsoring a light, please leave your contact information with us at our booth at Friday Night on the Square, email us, message us on Facebook or contact one of the class members below.

AWC Class Members: Lisa Aly, Beth Armstrong, Paula Bortka-Wells, Kevin Carty, John Colon, Rob Gilchrist, Regina Goldman, Katrina Humphrey, Karen Libka, Joe Mullinax, Daniel “Skip” Person, Renee Stidham, Stephanie Vines, Beth Walden-Fisher, Mia Williams

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