According to the digital edition of the Fall River Herald, the 20th edition of the Spirit of Somerset is just over a week away, with the event going ahead as planned despite the event not receiving its typical funding from the town.
This summer, the Somerset Board of Selectmen declined event organizers’ request for town funding to cover services from the highway department and the use of council of aging buses as shuttles. They cited a need to stabilize town finances and rethink how Somerset spends town money on events organized by nonprofits. They agreed to allow the festival to use town land, as usual.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, at Waterfront Park on Main Street. It begins at noon with food trucks and family activities like a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting, then culminates with fireworks that start at 9 P.M. There will be all-day live entertainment from acts including local singer Bella Manchester, Somerset-based '80s tribute band Back in the Day and the Somerset Berkley Regional high school marching band and show choir.