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CumberlandFest just around the corner

July 28, 2012

A mechanic with Fanelli Amusements gets the Tilt-a-Whirl ride ready for the start of last year’s CumberlandFest at Diamond Hill Park. (File Photo/Ernest A. Brown)

CUMBERLAND — The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.
CumberlandFest, one of the largest family entertainment draws in Northern Rhode Island, is an all-volunteer organization that raises funds for sport programs in Cumberland. Each organization receiving funds must provide volunteers throughout the four days of the fair to help with tickets, cleaning, parking, setup and security. Many of the volunteer committee members have been there since year one.
The festival at Diamond Hill Park, Diamond Hill Road (Rt. 114), opens Friday, Aug. 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. and continues Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 from noon to 11 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 13 from noon to 4 p.m.
The cost is $5 for adults; $1 for children 4-12; and seniors; and free for children under 10. Monday, Aug. 13 is free admission day.
On Sunday, there will be a Car Show at 9 a.m. and amusement rides, food court and arts & crafts will open at noon.
All profits after expenses made at CumberlandFest go back into the community to support youth sports.
The CumberlandFest bandstand entertainment schedule is as follows:
• Friday, Aug. 10, 6-10 p.m., Youth Bands Night. Bands playing in no particular order are: PressAtoStart, Hooray for Dixie, Through The Wall, Full Void, The All New Mondays, Trophy Wives, and The October Accord.
• Saturday, Aug. 11, 5-6:30 p.m., The Jennifer Lee Band; 8-10 p.m., Brass Attack; 10 p.m., fireworks.
• Sunday, Aug. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., The Eric Barao Band; 8- 10 p.m., Joe Silva; 10 p.m., fireworks. The fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. sharp on both Saturday and Sunday.
Midway and carnival ride hours are as follows:
Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-11 p.m.; Monday, 2-4 p.m.
On Friday and Monday, ride all day until closing for $20 per person.
A car show hosted by 95.9 WATD-FM’s “Dr. Woop” will be held on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the park. All show cars must be in the park by noon. The show will include a 50/50 raffle and trophies will be awarded by peer voting for top 20 cars.
The 22nd Annual Cumberlandfest Road Race in memory of Sal Corio and Kyle McLaughlin will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. at Diamond Hill Park.
Also on Saturday, Bingo games will run throughout the day and the CumberlandFest Donor Coach blood mobile will be set up from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. inside the park.
Some of the vendors in the food court include GiGi’s, Route 66, Cumberland Fire Department, Ernie’s Sausage & More, Del’s Lemonade, Ice Cream Machine, Plouffe’s and Wilfred’s Seafood.
OTHER HAPPENINGS
Saturday, Aug. 11:
12:30-1 p.m. - Portugese folk dance featuring Rancho de Folclorio de Nossa Senhora de Fatima .
1-3 p.m. - Dan Butterworth and his Marionette Magique.
3-5 p.m.- Talent Show.
6-7 p.m.- Moscow Circus performer Benjamin Elfant.
Sunday, Aug. 12:
1-2 p.m.- Encore Repertory Company Performing “Footloose."
2-3 p.m.- Jazzercise.
3-4 p.m. - Lusitana Band.
4-5 p.m.- Moscow Circus performer Benjamin Elfant.
5-6:45 p.m. - Power League Wrestlers (their 22nd year at CumberlandFest)
7-8 p.m. - Daniel James Durand.
Parking is free at Diamond Hill State Park and overflow parking is available Saturday and Sunday nights at St. John Vianney’s Church from 6 p.m. until closing with complimentary shuttle bus service to the park.

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