What you need to know
Cost: Tickets to festivities at the fairground are $5 for those 13 and up. Kids 12 and under are free.
Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, will be the main location of the city’s Independence Day celebrations. The Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade will go through downtown Cumming.
Featuring: Music, food, vendors, a kids' zone and many other activities.
The 61st Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade, a callback to the area’s agricultural roots, will start at 10 a.m. and rumble along Tribble Gap/Castleberry Road and downtown Cumming before reaching the fairgrounds. The parade can get loud, so attendees should bring earplugs, especially for young children. Volunteer groups have provided some free earplugs in past years.
The big finale
The city’s annual firework display will be on July 4 instead of the day before as had been the case in previous years. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Below is a list of all local candidates and elected officials who will climb in a dunk tank to raise funds for Creative Enterprises.
12:30: Forsyth County District 2 Commissioner Dennis Brown
1 p.m.: District 27 state Senate Republican candidate Greg Dolezal
1:30 p.m.: Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman
2 p.m.: Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow
2:30 p.m.: Cumming City Councilman Christopher Light
3 p.m.: Cumming City Councilman Chad Crane
3:30 p.m.: Cumming City Councilman Jason Evans
4 p.m.: Clerk of Courts Greg Allen
4:30 p.m.: Forsyth County District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos
5 p.m.: Forsyth County Commission Chairman Todd Levent
5:30 p.m.: District 26 state Rep. Marc Morris
6 p.m. District 24 state Rep. Sheri Gilligan
6:30 p.m. Forsyth County District 5 Commissioner Laura Semanson
7 p.m.: Sole candidate for Board of Education District 1 Wes McCall
Hot dog, pie and pizza eating contests and a dance contest will be held, and each eating contest winner will receive a trophy and four tickets to the Cumming Country Fair and Festival.
4 p.m. – Pizza
5 p.m. – Pie
7 p.m. – Hot dog
8:30 p.m. – Dance
Slow and Steady
At 1 p.m. the Foster House, 305 West Main Street, will hold one of the area’s most unique traditions: the 16th annual turtle race. Those who have a turtle to enter in the race can register by 12:30 p.m. The restaurant will also host a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Run for a cause
The Independence Day 5K/10K on Wednesday will take runners through downtown Cumming in order to raise funds for a cross-country trail at Mary Alice Park.