30th Annual Somerset Festival

by Katie Donovan on July 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

The community of Somerset celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with their annual festival Saturday afternoon.

Local residents turned out to enjoy a wide variety of activities kicking off with the parade at 11AM. Ventriloquists, magicians, a talent show, pedal pull, car show, and of course, food and fireworks were also all present at Saturday’s event. Deb studer, event committee member, said this is the 30th year the festival has taken place.

"This actually is done by a small group of people in this community. It started out with service organizations and then just kind of evolved into individuals and for 30 years its been put on and it’s done by the donations of the businesses in this community and the residents who live here."

It costs around $30,000 of community funding to keep this festival going each year, so donations from those who attend is very important. The festival is a tradition for the community and allows families quality time together.

Studer explained, "Well I think its important for people to be able to have family days like this. I don’t think there’s much of that going on anymore and it’s really nice to be able to bring your families here. It’s safe. There’s a lot going on for young kids and adults alike. It’s just a great event."

The festival was well attended Saturday thanks in part to the nice weather. It concluded with a fireworks display at 9:45PM.