Salemfest organizers say sign ban will hurt local nonprofits
Event officials had planned on posting about 50 signs around Salem, with 15 or so along Route 28. This year's fair is Sept. 21, with all proceeds going to area charities.
The temporary Salemfest signs have been posted in that manner for the past nine years, according to Gay.
Not so this year.
In addition, several of the local organizations serving as event venues will now have to shell out $10 for a permit allowing them to post a sign on their property.
"We're not a business making millions of dollars, we're just a bunch of nonprofit groups that will be happy if we make a couple thousand dollars that day," Gay said, noting that the event's only participant that would quality as a "business" is the Greystone senior citizen community, which will be raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association during Salemfest.
In early April, controversy over the signs arose when Jane Lang, organizer of the Salem Farmers Market, appeared before the board seeking permission to post temporary signs advertising the Sunday markets around town.
However, as of this past spring the board didn't have a written ordinance specifying its policies on such signs.
The Salem Board of Selectmen will meet again Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.
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