Eight blocks of public space were the setting for the Big Ballyhoo, a street performer festival in downtown Salem, August 29 and 30, 2015. State Capitol State Park, the Transit Center and the County Courthouse provided a unique setting to host magicians, clowns, live music, foot races, food trucks, a car show and heritage tours. Collaborating with Cruise Salem and Salem Sunday Streets, Big Ballyhoo added active entertainment that attracted car and bike enthusiasts and their families.
Saturday started with a car show and the Midcentury Mile, a one-mile foot race among the architecture of nine Pietro Belluschi buildings. Statesman Journal reporter Alisha Roemeling and photographer Anna Reed did a great job of telling the story about cars and their drivers.
Shrimp 182, the Gabe Cox Band, Sugar Sauce and clowns Dingo and Olive Rootbeer drew visitors to the Transit Center later Saturday afternoon. The evening concluded with a fire-spinning performance from Fire Optic.
Salem Sunday Streets promoted active and healthy living on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Certainly, Big Ballyhoo street performers were “active” during the collaborative event with dancers, music and statues. Statesman Journal reporter Natalie Pate and photographer Anna Reed filed a good story about the event.
Non-profits, government agencies and small businesses provided information about active living in State Capitol State Park and the Transit Center.