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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-08-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | AUGUST 7-13, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 9 what people are interested in today," CumberlandFest Executive Director Ernie Labbe told The Valley Breeze. "The whole idea is to create a sense of community and provide a venue for people to get together and have a good time." CumberlandFest 2019 will feature an expanded midway of amusement rides, continu- ous musical entertainment, food truck vendors, a new beer and wine garden, an arts and crafts fair, wrestling, circus acts, special attractions for kids, and a huge fire- works display on Saturday night. After paying at the admis- sions booth, visitors will walk into the midway and can check out rides on both sides of the road. A stroll around the bend leads to the arts and crafts area, and beyond that on the left will be the new beer and wine garden and the main stage featuring musical acts. Past that will be chil- dren's activities, including cornhole, ring toss, inflat- able archery and inflatable obstacle courses, followed by the food court and a second stage of entertainment for kids and families. "If you circle around the outer road, you'll get to see everything," Labbe said. Organizers said they're hoping to see between 5,000 and 10,000 people at the fes- tival this weekend. "Come with an expectation to see some new things (and) to enjoy a day with other people from town in the lovely setting of Diamond Hill Park," said Alan Neville, chairman of the board for CumberlandFest. The committee is using a new provider for the amuse- ment rides: northern Rhode Island-based Rockwell Amusements. Rides include a big laser light Ferris wheel, Orbiter, and Vertigo. Rockwell is also adding a circus stage to the midway. Instead of featuring musi- cal acts on the stage at the reflecting pond, organizers added two new performance stages to "enhance viewing and sound and provide a more comfortable vantage point from which to view the shows." The A stage will have continuous music, includ- ing James Montgomery Band on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Steven Anthony & Persuasion on Sunday at 8:30 p.m., and the B stage will feature acts aimed at kids and families includ- ing Bwana Iguana, Dennis the Magician, Kensho-Ryo Karate, and more. The stage at the pond will be used for bingo this year. Alcohol will be served in the festival's new beer and wine garden, located adjacent to the main stage, on Saturday and Sunday and will feature three craft beers from Woonsocket- based Ravenous Brewing Company and a selec- tion of local wines from Cumberland's Diamond Hill Vineyards. "We're trying to evolve with the community," Labbe said, adding that they have local suppliers to "support the community." Food vendors include Nutmeg Concessions, Del's Lemonade, Ice Cream Machine, Marti's Cupcakes, Smoke & Squeal BBQ, Mings Asian Street Food, and Mickey G's. On Saturday at 10 p.m., a bigger-than-ever fireworks display featuring more than 500 rockets launched dur- ing the finale will provide a "pyrotechnics extravaganza," organizers said. The fireworks show is larger than they've had in the past and is two to three times the size of the town's annual July Fourth display, they said. The rain date is Sunday night. Also new this year is a Boy Scouts encampment at the park. The Scouts will help out at the festival and stay overnight, organizers said. "I want to be in the park and see people have a good time," Labbe said. "If people think this year is a good year, they haven't seen any- thing yet." Net proceeds from CumberlandFest are donated to youth organizations in the area. In the past, proceeds have always gone to ath- letic programs, but this year money will go to other orga- nizations including Scouting groups and performance arts groups in addition to sports, organizers said. CumberlandFest, created by the Cumberland Youth Activities Council in 1991, has contributed more than $1 million to youth pro- grams over its 28-year his- tory. General admission tickets are $5. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Pay-one-price wristbands, which feature unlimited amusement rides, will be available on Kid's Night Friday and on Sunday for $25 per person. Attendees who want to leave and come back on the same day will have a stamp to gain reentry into the fes- tival. A complete schedule of events can be found at www. cumberlandfest.org . LABBE NEVILLE Brothers SANTINO and DOMENIC BIANCO, above, of North Providence, practice their fencing moves using inflated dolphins on sticks during last year's CumberlandFest at Diamond Hill Park. At left, ABIGAIL FOREMAN, 7, of Cumberland, rides the serpent attraction at last year's event. FEST From Page One Big Time Wrestling comes to McCoy Stadium Aug. 23 PAWTUCKET – Big Time Wrestling will return to McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., on Friday, Aug. 23, with a BTW tag team championship match. There will be a meet-and- greet with the wrestlers at 6 p.m. Bell time is 8 p.m. Wrestlers include Bret "The Hitman" Hart vs. the Lucha Brothers; Jack Swagger vs. Rhino; Dan Severn vs. Flex Armstrong; "Big Poppa Pump" Scot Steiner vs. Bull James; The Boogeyman; Demolition and more. For tickets, visit www.btw- tickets.com . BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON

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