This year for several reasons we will be having paid admission to get into the three entertainment areas. On Saturday the fee is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for 16 years and older with student ID. Sunday is $7.50 for adults or $15.00 for a two day pass. The one fee allows entrance to all three entertainment areas.And it's tacky:
For the more adventuresome visit Hornitos Garden of Agave for tequila-tasting, coconut-bowling, a little bit of reggae by Rhythm Culture and find your place in the sun. American Idol's "Bikini Girl" Katrina Darrell will be on site for autographs and will be singing in her first performance since American Idol.Plus Texas Hold'em, Beer Pong (sans Beer), a legs competition...
Neither the Art Fair nor the World Beat Festival offers bikini girls nor requires a $10+ admission. They ask for donations, but do not require paid admission. And they don't sex it up with American Idol Pop Tarts. (If they wanted something sexy, why not local burlesque performers?)
Since Summer in the City is one of the very few times when Salem residents can enjoy the full use of the downtown streets, it's sad to make the event a semi-private party contingent on an admission fee. All Salem residents should be able to enjoy the streets. It's fair to charge for beer, wine, food, and other goods and services. But to charge for the commons is cheap, shabby, and gouging.
Return Summer in the City to a Free Festival in the Street! Last year was glorious.
If you have to go, Venti's has a sweet beer offering. Jared's got the list and details.