SOMERVILLE, NJ - Spiderman was there. So was the Michelin man - and the dependable Somerville firemen who barbecued hundreds of pounds of roast beef as they've done for almost 30 years during their annual fund raiser at the fall Somerville Street Fair.
They came in droves, hundreds of families and thousands of visitors, cramming Main Street Sunday afternoon for the annual event sponsored by the Somerville Business Professional Association.
They shopped, they sampled, they sipped and savored all day long.
More than 100 vendors were set up on both sides of Main Street stretching from Bridge Street to Doughty Street, selling merchandise and handing out brochures and literature for everything from replacement windows and home insurance to therapeutic exercises and dream kitchens.
Out-of-town vendors were selling jewelry, handcrafted signs, stuffed animals, dolls and flower arrangements, pumpkins and American flags.
Firefighters from Somerville Hook & Ladder sold roast beef sandwiches and birch beer for $7 to raise money for operating expenses, a tradition supported by newcomers and return customers. As usual, they were sold out before the end of the fair.