SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County will host its first-ever first Diversity Festival on Saturday, Oct.12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse and Veterans Plaza across from the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St.

“We are excited about the county’s first, free Diversity Festival, which is being held in honor of Global Diversity Awareness Month,” said Freeholder Director Brian Levine. “This event will help showcase the unique qualities that various cultures offer. I invite everyone to take part in this event so they can enjoy fun activities, delicious multi-cultural food and free entertainment.”

Multicultural Entertainment – Scheduled to attend are an array of multi-cultural entertainment that represents music and dance from around the world. Experience Somerset 4-H Chinese Culture Club,11:30-11:40 a.m.; Xochiquetzal Mexican Dance Troupe, 11:40 a.m. -noon; Swing Combo Salsa Band, noon -12:45 p.m.; Betyarok Hungarian Dance Troupe,

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12:45-1:15 p.m., TaiChi Demonstration, 12:45-1:15 p.m.; Tyrone Stackhouse Project 1:15-1:45 p.m.; Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums, 1:45-2:15 p.m.; and Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, 2:15-3 p.m.

Interactive Activities and Games – Partake in family-fun and interesting activities. Enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, a handprint tree, a sticker mural, and save your memories by taking pictures and at any of the four selfie stations. Have fun on a grand scale when you play Giant Jenga, work a Giant Puzzle, and play Corn hole.

Food Vendors – Sample affordable multi-cultural food to please your palate, such as Arusuvai, Indian Cuisine; Cafe Picasso, Italian cuisine; Grumpy Bobas, Taiwanese tea;  King Tut, Middle Eastern cuisine; Turf Surf & Earth, healthy American; and  Main St. Gourmet Deli, standard American deli.

Diversity-Related Exhibitors – Somerset County knows that diversity isn’t just about understanding different cultures; it’s also about the inclusion of all populations and communities. Learn about the many programs and services that are available at the following tables: Arc Self Advocacy, Cancer Community Support, Downtown Somerville Alliance, Chinese Club craft table, Hunterdon County Vocational School District, Leadership Somerset, National Federation for the Blind, Provident Bank,  PROUD Center, Somerset County Government, Somerset County Library System, Somerset County Prosecutors’ Office with two pink police cars, Somerset County Sheriffs’ Office, US Census and Unity Bank.

Free transportation and parking will be available. Visitors can park at the Bernie Field Parking Deck located off High Street, and at the parking deck located at 27 Warren St. For transportation schedules, visit the Diversity Festival website.