CumberlandFest coming Aug. 9-11

CumberlandFest coming Aug. 9-11

Ernie Labbe said he was at Diamond Hill Park getting ready for CumberlandFest last Friday when he came across Mayor Jeff Mutter, pictured here, powerwashing the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge. He said it was nice to see the mayor getting involved by preparing the building for a new paint job by town workers as part of an effort to spruce up the park for the big event.

CUMBERLAND – The schedule for CumberlandFest 2019 has been announced for Victory Day weekend at Diamond Hill Park.

The revamped and improved festival will run Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 10 p.m.

An expanded midway of amusements rides, continuous musical entertainment, food truck vendors, a new beer garden, arts and crafts, wrestling, special attractions for children, circus acts, and a huge Saturday night fireworks display promise to make this year’s CumberlandFest the best yet, say organizers.

A complete schedule of CumberlandFest events can be viewed at www.cumberlandfest.org .

“Three weeks out from the event we are seeing that our months of planning and all-out efforts to infuse new life into CumberlandFest will pay off,” said CumberlandFest Executive Director Ernest Labbe.

Rockwell Amusements will provide this year’s midway rides including a laser light ferris wheel, orbiter, and vertigo. Pay-one-price wristbands will be available on Kids’ Night, Friday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 11, for $25 per person. In another change, children ages 12 and younger will be admitted to the park free when accompanied by an adult for the duration of the festival.

In an attempt to adapt to contemporary tastes, organizers have added a new beer garden on Saturday and Sunday. Woonsocket-based Ravenous Brewing Company will be featuring three of its craft beers, and Cumberland-based Diamond Hill Vineyards will offer a selection of local wines. The beer garden will be adjacent to the main stage and afford a great vantage point from which to enjoy the shows.

The net proceeds of CumberlandFest are donated to youth organizations in the area.

Labbe emphasized that it’s not too late for individuals or youth groups that wish to volunteer to sign up. As an added incentive, this year youth group participants will receive a $10 contribution to their organization for each volunteer hour they work. In addition, shares of the net proceeds of CumberlandFest will be distributed to participating organizations based on the percentage of total event volunteer hours each organization works. Visit www.cumberlandfest.org for more.