SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County will host its first-ever first Diversity Festival on Saturday, Oct.12th, 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. -12 p.m.; Swing Combo Salsa Band, 12-12:45 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 page at http://bit.ly/DiversityFestival2019 scroll to the bottom of the page to view and print bus schedules.

Other Events – The Somerset County Clerk’s Office will be open to the public. Discover your Somerset County roots and the county’s history. View land records dating back to 1785, election materials, and immigration and naturalization records from a hundred years ago.

Weekend Journey through the Past – Visit a selection of Somerset County’s historic sites, open to the public, free of charge. All participating sites are open on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://botfly/WEJourney

Diversity Events at the Somerset County Senior Centers – Find out about the special diversity-related events that will be held at the county-operated senior centers. For more information, visit http://botfly/SeniorCenterDiversity

Somerville Fire Department's Inspection Day 2019

Join in an annual ceremonial parade, which honors the department's past. The Somerville Rescue Squad and police department personnel, as well as first responders from neighboring towns will hold a brief ceremony at Borough Hall at 3:30 p.m. Next, participants will form a parade, walk down East Main Street to the 9-11 memorial located at the corner of Bridge and Main streets, and conclude with a brief ceremony.

The Diversity Festival is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Downtown Somerville Alliance (DSA). The Board of Chosen Freeholders is committed to embracing and celebrating diversity within Somerset County through the integration of communities and county employees by implementing initiatives that reflect these values.

The DSA committee combines events and marketing to help promote downtown Somerville in support of its commerce, culture, and community life for residents and visitors.

For more information about the Diversity Festival, visit http://bit.ly/DiversityFestival2019