For starters, the west comes alive in Salem County at the longest running continuous weekly rodeo in the United States. In fact, it is only one of two weekly Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned events in the country. It’s all here, May through September, bareback and saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, brahma bull riding, team roping, and girls barrel racing, in the true tradition of the old west.
If you are a rider yourself, Salem County offers acres of scenic farmland, rolling green pastures, and wooded trails to get away from it all. Boarding and riding lessons are available at one of our excellent stables. For the novice young rider, why not try a summer horse riding camp or schedule a pony party for the kids.
There are a variety of family-oriented festivals and events going on throughout the year sure to appeal to every taste. For example, spring brings the Hancock House Massacre Commemoration in Lower Alloways Township. This annual March event retells the story of American patriots killed during the Revolutionary War by British troops. In April, the Salem County Historical Society sponsors a county-wide historic house tour. Each year visitors are welcomed into some of the County’s finest private residences to enjoy remarkable architecture and collections.
The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians Of New Jersey Pow Wow is one of the most colorful and exciting events of the year. Held in June, the Pow Wow features championship Native American dancing and singing, crafters and artists from across the nation, artifact collections, and great food. July brings the annual Woodstown 4th of July Parade which begins at Memorial Lake, travels down Main Street, and ends at Marlton Park. In August, the annual Salem County Fair in Pilesgrove remains a traditional agricultural county fair. From kiddy tractor pulls and pig scrambles to the English Horse show and horse drill team demonstrations, there is a variety of old-time county fair events that will please every member of the family.
Fall brings many community festivals such as Pennsville’s Septemberfest featuring a traditional small-town parade, crafts, rides, fireworks, the Miss Septemberfest Pageant, and great food. In October, the annual Giant Pumpkin Carve at the Salem County Fairgrounds celebrates the agricultural richness of Salem County, and provides a unique venue for local artists to display their work. Another Fall tradition is the Alloway Halloween Parade. This night parade is held the Saturday before Halloween and features costumed marchers, costumed characters, string bands, marching bands, pipe bands, a variety of floats, novelties, and much more. The historic districts of Salem and Woodstown come alive with historic homes and buildings decked out for the season in their best holiday finery during the Salem Yuletide Parade and House Tour, and the Woodstown Candlelight Tour.
Do you want to get some exercise and have some outdoor fun at the same time? If so, take the family out for a round of golf at one of our five public or private golf courses. Visitors will find a choice of skill levels, costs, and locations to meet the abilities and needs of all golfers including a traditional links-style front nine featuring generous fairways and wide greens. In addition, a variety of rolling and flat tree-lined fairways, and a number of beautiful water hazards provide endless possibilities.
Salem County features a number of beautiful state and municipal parks and Wildlife Management Areas with various levels of amenities, so don’t forget the picnic basket!