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City of Cumming opting for one-day blowout of Fourth of July festivities
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In recent years, the city of Cumming stretched its Independence Day celebration over two days, with fireworks on July 3 and the Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade on the Fourth of July.

This year, the city is opting for a one-day blowout.

“The fireworks will not be on the third, they’ll be on the fourth,” said Mayor Troy Brumbalow. “The parade will go on as scheduled from 10 a.m. It usually finishes about 12 p.m., but the parade will end at the fairgrounds and there will be a huge festival all day long from [noon] to the fireworks that night.”

When asked how the festival will compare with the city’s new Fridays at the Fairgrounds events, Brumbalow said the Fourth of July would be much bigger.

“It’ll be that on steroids,” he said. “It’s almost going to be closer to the Fair environment without the rides. It’ll be games instead of rides.”

The mayor said there will be a variety of events at the festival to keep attendees busy before the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

“There’s going to be food trucks, a bunch of live bands and all kinds of games for kids and adults,” Brumbalow said. “We’re going to have a hotdog eating contest, pie eating contest, dance contest. All this leads up to the fireworks.”

The dance contest will be held at 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is $5 for those 13 older and free for those 12 and under.

“We’re having the charge to be able to cover all the expenses and all the added things that we’re doing,” Brumbalow said.

The 61st Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade, a callback to the area’s agricultural roots, will start at 10 a.m. and go along Tribble Gap Road and downtown Cumming before reaching the fairgrounds.

The parade dates back to 1957 when A.G. “Glen” Thomas rode his steam engine around the former courthouse in Cumming to honor American veterans. The following year, Mayor Dr. Jim Mashburn joined with his own engine. The parade has stuck since.

The antique steam engines can make a lot of noise, so those attending should plan to bring earplugs, especially for young children. Volunteer groups have provided some free earplugs in past years.

For more information, go to CummingFair.net/calendar-of-events/4th-of-july/