CumberlandFest Coming in August

CUMBERLAND—The 23rd Annual CumberlandFest event features a Country theme when they open their doors next month.


            CumberlandFest, the annual attraction that aides town youth organizations financially, will open its doors on Thursday, August 8, 2013 and run until Sunday August 11, 2013. Hours are Thursday 6-10 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m., Friday 6-11 p.m. 12-p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday with fireworks at 10 p.m. and 12-9 p.m. Sunday (the rain date for fireworks). No fireworks are scheduled for Friday night.


Thursday night features a an appearance from Cat Country Morning Host Amanda Leonardo and a fireworks display sponsored by golocalprov.com Saturday night the venue will hold its first “CountryFest” concert with Nicole Frechette headlining the show supported by Marla Morris and Jacy Dawn. The night ends with a fireworks display sponsored by The Valley Breeze.


            “We wanted to do something different from previous years,” says CumberlandFest event Co-Chair Bob Donnelly. “There was a groundswell of support to have more music and a variety of family-friendly attractions. I believe we have done that.”


            Other events during the four-day festival include: a 5K Road Race dedicated in memory of Sal Corio and Kyle McLaughlin on Saturday at 10 a.m.; a Battle of the Bands on Friday night, PGA Pro Mike Bradshaw on Saturday and Sunday, Kelley Lennon headlining a Sunday night concert with Corey Pesatoro opening, and the 23rd Annual Hot Rod Car Show Cruise Day Sunday from 9-3 (the fairgrounds will open at noon). The event also features a midway, food court, bloodmobile and other surprises, according to Co-Chair Gregg Noury.


            CumberlandFest is an all-volunteer organization that raises funds for sports programs in Cumberland, RI.  Each organization receiving funds must provide volunteers throughout the four days of the fair to help with tickets, cleaning, parking, setup, security etc. Many of the volunteer committee members have been there since year one. CumberlandFest is the largest family entertainment draw in Northern Rhode Island.


All profits after expenses made at CumberlandFest go back into the community to support youth sports programs. For additional information regarding CumberlandFest, please visit their website at cumberlandfest.org or on Facebook at CumberlandFest 2013.



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