Salem cancels New Year’s Eve celebration

City of Salem sign

SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – For the past 10 years, Salem has hosted a New Year’s Eve celebration.

But this year, organizers are taking a break. New Year’s Eve Salem committee member Bill Schilling said the decision to cancel was not easy.

“After 10 years of doing the event, we said since nobody has a particular vision right at the moment to take it to a next level, perhaps it would be best to let it sit for a year,” Schilling said.

He said the committee will re-visit the idea again for next year. Schilling said the event was a lot of work and attendance started to slip.

“Well of course each year, we had to secure the venues. We had to secure the performers. We had to publicize the event,” Schilling said.

And while Salem won’t be hosting its New Year’s Eve celebration this year, nearby Canfield will continue on with its 16-year tradition under the helm of new executive director, Sarah Drokin.

“I am excited to help in whatever way I can and I cannot say enough about the volunteers and the board of trustees for First Night Canfield,” Drokin said.

Organizers will be implementing some new ideas, including the addition of an opening ceremony starting at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, which will be followed by carriage rides around the village green.

First Night Canfield buttons already have been made.

Drokin said the community’s support is what makes First Night Canfield such a big success.

“It shows that we have love for the families here and just people of all ages. We want them to make good memories together on New Year’s Eve,” she said.

In addition to First Night Canfield, Youngstown also will be hosting its 15th annual First Night Youngstown celebration.

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