The Cumberland Tourism Commission is getting cranked up for the summer tourist season with a couple of events coming soon to the Tri-Cities area.
According to Cumberland Tourism Director Tracy Bailey, the first event on the schedule is Black Bear Bike Night, slated for April 23.
“We are encouraging people to bring their vehicles – cars, trucks, motorcycles, even ATV’s – we want them all to come out for a cruise in on that night,” Bailey said. “It’s a family-oriented event and we want as many people as we can get to come out and enjoy.”
Bailey said there is no cost to attend the event.
“There will be music and food,” Bailey said. “Weather permitting, we will all be there.”
Black Bear Bike Night kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Black Bear Gazebo on Main Street in Cumberland.
For those who are more into non-motorized modes of transportation, The Tadpole Derby is scheduled for May 7 on the Looney Creek Trail.
“It’s a relaxing, casual fun ride,” Bailey explained. “It’s not a race. The distance is about five miles. It’s going to start at the Black Bear Gazebo and it will go up to the Benham Coal Miner’s Memorial Park and back.”
Bailey said pre-registration by April 20 is required in order to receive a T-shirt and ensure you are counted for lunch.
Bailey pointed out the Looney Creek Trail is for non-motorized use only. No motorized vehicles of any kind are permitted.
While anybody can participate in the ride for free, you must be pre-registered to receive a t-shirt, a Tadpole Derby vinyl and lunch.
Check-in for the Tadpole Derby will be at the Black Bear Gazebo at noon. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. Registration is $10, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. Registration forms are available from the Cumberland Tourism office at 506 W. Main Street in Cumberland. To request a form to be sent via email or the U.S. Postal Service, call the Cumberland Tourism Office at 606-589-5812.
“Come on out, bring the kids and have a good time,” said Bailey.
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