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 kenwood2@cox.net 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 www.ribc.org/full/ 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 bobparker@cox.net 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.

Visit www.facebook.com/cumberlandfest13 or www.cumberlandfest.org for more information.

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.