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Salem Kroc Center hosts International Food Circus

Jack Mego selects cauliflower at the Food Circus. Photo by Juli Matovich

Annual event benefits The Salvation Army World Service.

By Julie Matovich

The Salvation Army Salem Corps held its 34th annual International Food Circus and Bazaar on Nov. 3 at its new site, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

The event featured food booths, a farmer’s market and bazaar, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment with sales proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army World Service.

Visitors sampled foods from countries including France, Germany, Mexico, Italy and Israel, as well as the popular pulled pork sliders at the Southern American booth. An English tea room also offered a variety of teas and finger foods.

Women’s Ministries hosted a farmer’s market of local produce, a bakery booth and a home and gift bazaar.

The Majesty Brass Quintet, McNary High School’s Jazz Band, the Keizer Big Band and other local artists provided entertainment.

Jim Horgen, lead organizer, said in the event’s 34-year history it has raised over $150,000 for The Salvation Army World Service, including such programs as community health, microfinance, human trafficking and disaster relief efforts.

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