Salem, founded in 1823, is located in south central Illinois in Marion County (of which it is the county seat) about 20 miles north of Mt. Vernon along Interstate 57 about 15 miles east of Carlyle Lake. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 7,624, an increase of 154 since 1990. As an historical footnote, Salem is the birthplace of famous American statesman William Jennings Bryan.
08/24 Coming to The area International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro KY May10-11 The Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park. Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19 Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media. International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival. Clay City Pottery Festival Clay City IN June8-9 The activities are centered around the pottery that is over 126 years old and still operated by the fourth generation of the founders of the pottery. Other events of interest are a craft show and sale, flea market, antique cars and farm equipment, area yard sales, and the annual quilt show organized by the Clay City Calico Quilters. There are also many food stands all around town.