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Local performers ready to play Cumming Country Fair & Festival
Free Byrds
The Free Byrds - photo by For the FCN

If you go

* What: Cumming Country Fair and Festival

* When: Oct. 8-18; 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; and 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

* Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road

* Cost: Adults $7, students $3, children 4 and younger are free. Cash only, ATM onsite

 

Full schedule of local entertainment

 

Saturday

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Miss Cumming Country Fair and Festival Beauty Pageant

* 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: CS Dance Production

* 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Sole Impulse

* 7 to 8 p.m.: Fusion Dance

* 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.: The Glory Boys

 

Sunday

* 2 to 3 p.m.: Cumming Gymsations Gymnastics and Cumming Restoration and Parks Department Dance

* 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Sawnee School of Ballet

* 5 to 6 p.m.: Cumming Dance Academy

 

Monday

* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Eclipse

* 8 to 9 p.m.: Free Byrds

CUMMING — The Cumming Country Fair & Festival offers so many choices for families, friends and out-of-county visitors — from food and rides to entertainment — that it can be hard to leave the fairgrounds without having had a good time.

One feature that should not be skipped is the local entertainment lineup, where dance groups and bands take the stage for the first weekend of the annual 11-day festival.

Tracy Helms, the fairgrounds’ event coordinator, said many of the dance groups have performed in past years, but there are also some new faces on the schedule.

All acts perform on the stage in the covered arena.

One returning group is Sole Impulse, a fusion dance studio just outside the city on Canton Highway (Hwy. 20).

Sarah Darby-Hughes, the owner and director of the studio, has led Synergy, a clogging team, to four national championships.

About 50 of the 80 to 90 students will perform for the third or fourth year from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Dancers’ ages range from 5 to adult, though children as young as 3 can take lessons at the studio.

Genres of the performance at the fair will include clogging, hip hop, ballet and jazz.

Darby-Hughes opened Sole Impulse in 2006 at age 19, beginning in Dawsonville before moving to Forsyth County a few years later.

Musical performances will delight audiences, too, as another returning group will visit the fair.

Free Byrds, a “four piece passionate, soulful rocking band” led by lead singer, guitarist and pianist Nick Howery, is set to take the stage from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Howery, an 18-year-old who attends Centennial High School in Roswell, said the band has been together for three years.

“One of my favorite things is to perform live,” he said. “Every crowd is different, and it’s always nice to have a crowd that’s your own age group.”

Howery shares the stage with Gavin Krick on the guitar, Ryan Taylor on the drums and Robbie Edmondson on the bass.

They will perform classic rock and blues covers with some 1990s jams thrown in. “We’re just going to have a good time.”

For more information on the Cumming fair, visit cummingfair.net.