Don't miss Cumberlandfest this weekend

Don't miss Cumberlandfest this weekend

Music, food, fun and games return for three days

CUMBERLAND - The jewel of the town's social calendar opens this weekend for three days of amusement park rides, musical acts and entertainment.

Cumberlandfest will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-10, at Diamond Hill Park.

Much anticipated events like the 5K road race, fireworks and Rock in the Park are back, while new fun - like a tug-of-war competition and two nights of country music performances - have been added.

Check out the following schedule for a complete listing of where to be and what to see throughout the weekend:

Friday, Aug. 8

* 6 p.m. - The park opens at 6 p.m. for amusement rides. Purchase a wristband for $25 and have unlimited access to the rides for the entire night, until 11 p.m.

Bingo, the arts and crafts booth and the food court will also open at 6 p.m.

At 6:10 p.m., the first Rock in the Park artist will hit the stage.

Zoe Ainsburg will open the show and play until 6:25 p.m., followed by Through The Wall from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Suburban Downfall from 7:20 to 7:50 p.m., Dylan Sevey and The Gentlemen from 8:10 to 8:40 p.m., Sienna from 9 to 9:30 p.m., and Trophy Wives from 9:50 to 10:30 p.m.

Headliner Trophy Wives, featuring members from Cumberland and Blackstone, is fresh off a performance at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour.

Saturday, Aug. 9

* 10 a.m. - Festivities kick-off at 10 a.m. with the start of the 24th annual 5K Road Race, in memory of Sal Corio and Kyle McLaughlin.

The 3.1-mile USATF-sanctioned race starts and ends at Diamond Hill Park.

A free T-shirt will be given to the first 100 entries. Registration costs $18. Checks should be made payable to "C.Y.A.C." and sent to Tom Kenwood, 8 Shelter Lane, Cumberland, RI 02864.

For more information on the race, contact Kenwood at or 401-658-0831.

* 11 a.m. - The rock climbing wall from the U.S. Army will be up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Noon - Amusement rides, arts and crafts booths and the food court will open at noon, when the food court's Stage B will feature entertainment by Encore Repertory Company's "Bye Bye Birdie," followed by Benjamin the Juggling Clown at 1 p.m., R.I. Latin Dance Salsa Dancing at 2 p.m., local vocalist and guitarist Katie Erickson at 4 p.m., and DJ Cameron Williamson at 5 p.m.

Amusement rides, by Fanelli Amusements Inc., are open until 11 p.m.

Also starting at noon and lasting until 2:30 p.m., the Rhode Island Blood Center Blood Mobile will be at the park for those wishing to make blood donations.

Identification is required for donors, who can visit in advance to make an appointment.

* 1 p.m. - Staff from the Boys and Girls Club will run bingo games starting at 1 p.m.

* 4 p.m. - "Countryfest" begins on the main stage at 4 p.m., with Young Rust, a Neil Young tribute band, who will play until 5:30 p.m. Jandee Lee Porter Band will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Jay Taylor from 8 to 10 p.m.

* 10 p.m. - Fireworks begin at dusk.

Sunday, Aug. 10

* 9 a.m. - The 24th annual Hot Road Car Show Cruise Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Diamond Hill Park. All cars must be registered and in the park by noon.

A 50/50 raffle will be held at 2 p.m., and trophies will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. for the top 10 cars as voted by peers. There will also be a Best of Show trophy.

There is no entrance fee, but donations will be accepted.

For more information on the show, contact Bob Parker at or 401-744-1384.

* Noon - Amusement rides open at noon, and $25 wristbands are available for unlimited access to the rides from 2 to 6 p.m. A second wave of wristbands will be available for purchase at $25 each for access to rides from 6 to 10 p.m.

The food court and arts and crafts booths also open at noon. In the food court, entertainment will be provided by Dan Butterworth Marionettes at 1 p.m., Kensho Ryu Karate at 2 p.m., Serious Wreckage at 3 p.m., and Power League Wrestling at 5 p.m.

* 1 p.m. - Bingo games start at 1 p.m.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Cumberlandfest's first Tug-of-War Team Challenge Smackdown will be held. Divisions will be split into three groups: adult, high school and middle school.

The team's overall weight cannot exceed 2,000 pounds. Contact organizers through the Cumberlandfest Facebook page to register.

* 3 p.m. - The second day of "Countryfest" begins with a performance by Lexi James from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by Shanna Jackman from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Houston Bernard Band from 7 to 9 p.m.

* 9 p.m. - Fireworks will be held at 9 p.m.

Visitors should also be aware:

* No pets are allowed in the park.

* Admission is free for children 3 and under, $1 for ages 4-12, and $5 for ages 13 and over. Special admission to the Sunday car show, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., costs $2.

* Parking is free at Diamond Hill Park, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, and overflow parking is available Saturday and Sunday nights at St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, from 6 p.m. to closing, with complimentary shuttle bus service to the park.

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Jay Taylor takes the Cumberlandfest stage on Saturday night from 8 to 10 p.m.
Headliners for Rock in the Park on Friday night will be Trophy Wives, above, who are fresh off a performance at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. They will take the stage at 9:50 p.m.
Shanna Jackman will perform on Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Young Rust, a Neil Young tribute band, will perform on the main stage at Cumberlandfest on Saturday at 4 p.m.