Annual Black Bear Festival coming up this weekend

By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

May 5, 2014

Cumberland is looking forward to the city’s annual Black Bear Festival this weekend, with entertainment, food and music taking over the city’s streets beginning Friday.

Favorites Tim Smith and Tyler Wood from the Discovery Channel show “Moonshiners” are also slated to appear at the festival.

Cumberland Tourism Director Tracy Bailey said this year’s festival will kick off at noon on Friday and run through Saturday night.

“We have a good list of entertainers for Friday and Saturday,” said Bailey.

Musical acts slated to perform at the festival include Cody McCarver (formerly of Confederate Railroad), Natalie Stovall and The Drive, All Things New from Somerset and local singer Brooklyhn Woods.

Attractions for children will include water balls, a mechanical bull and Buford the Bear and his Miniature Truck.

“We’ve got the Renfro Valley Review,” said Bailey. “They do a variety show, sort of like what you see down in Dollywood. They do a variety of music.”

A cornhole tournament is also planned, with registration for the tournament starting at 10 a.m. There is a fee to participate in the cornhole tournament of $20 for a team or $10 for a single individual.

Friday’s music begins at 2 p.m. with Derrick Jeffers kicking off the live performances. Sunrise Ridge Bluegrass, Jerry Haynes, Over Drive, Driven and Jessica Bush are scheduled for Friday. All Things New are slated to headline Friday’s music.

Saturday’s music gets underway with Big Daddy and The Heat at noon. Wolf Creek Grass, Triple X and the Renfro Valley Review performing throughout the day. Cody McCarver is set for 6 p.m., Brooklyhn Woods at 7 p.m. and Natalie Stovall and The Drive headlining the show.

Admission to the festival is free. Assorted food, crafts, and other vendors will be participating in the event.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter @joe_hde