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Tickets on sale Monday for music festival at Cumming Fairgrounds
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This summer, the Cumming Fairgrounds might be a noisy place, though it’s likely locals won’t mind.

On Monday, tickets will go on sale for the City of Cumming Music Fest, which will be held at noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The concert is being presented with 37 Main, a rock café with locations in Gainesville and Buford.

“We had planned on doing a music festival at the city, and then 37 Main contacted us,” said Mayor Troy Brumbalow. “They do such a phenomenal job with their business and music — that’s what they do — and so we were pleased to be able to work it out and partner with them for two events.”

Joe White with 37 Main said the event will have tribute acts to some rock superstars like the Eagles, Foreigner and Ozzy Osbourne, and they’re adding more bands daily. There will be food trucks, vendors and activities for kids. 

“It will be an event that hopefully the city has never seen before,” White said.

Brumbalow said he wasn’t sure yet of the exact line-up for the festival but said the event would not be catered to just one type of music.

“I know that these are all top-notch bands, and there is going to be a big variety of music throughout the day,” he said. “This isn’t a country music festival. This isn’t a rock-and-roll festival. There’s going to be a blend of a lot of different genres of music, so 2 o’clock might not be something you want to hear, and so you go get a bite to eat off the food truck and the band you might want to hear comes on at 3.”

The July festival is one of three music events at the fairgrounds over the summer. Brumbalow said the first will be in June and hosted by Rosati’s Pizza and the last will be hosted by 37 Main in August.

The concerts will be held the third Saturday of each month, the day after another event debuted by the city this year. 

“The music festivals are going to kick off at Fridays at the Fairgrounds the night before, so we’ll end up having a couple of bands per night at Fridays at the Fairgrounds,” Brumbalow said. “All those will be on the big stage under the pavilion, so your $5 for getting into Fridays at the Fairgrounds covers the music festival for Friday and all the other great things that go on with that event.”

Brumbalow said city officials were interested in trying out a music festival since it was something he couldn’t recall ever being held in the city. 

“We have such a great facility in the fairgrounds,” he said. “We’re just wanting to do community events, bring the community together and have stuff to do in the great city of Cumming instead of going to other municipalities.”

Like the mayor, White, a South Forsyth High School graduate, said locals have been waiting for an event like this in town.

“I love this community, everybody was hungry for it, so I was so glad that it came together,” White said. “It really will bring something to the town to where … the residents don’t have to go outside the city. They can enjoy stuff in their own backyard.”

Early bird tickets will go on sale Monday until June 4 for $12. After that, ticket prices will depend on when attendees plan on coming to the show.

From June 4 through July 2, tickets will be $15 for those arriving before 4 p.m. and an additional $10 for people with those tickets after 4 p.m. and $20 for those arriving after 4 p.m. 

Tickets will cost $25 after July 2 and at the gate, and VIP tickets will be $50.

The Cumming Fairground is at 235 Castleberry Road. Tickets for the music festival can be purchased on 37Main.com and questions can be sent to 37mainmusicfest@gmail.com.