Autumn is here again. The turning leaves on the trees usher in the fall season and as the weather changes it’s time for the annual Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival.
This year marks the festival’s thirty-third year. The two-day event occurs Oct. 2-3 and is being held downtown in Middlesboro. The festival committee is hard at work preparing for opening day.
“This festival is a big historical part of Middlesboro,” said Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival Committee President Joe Beason. “It is a very culture oriented festival that shares things passed down from generation to generation in our community, and it is a fun family oriented event.”
There will be a collection of inflatables and games set up for the children such as Papa Jack’s farm treasure hunting, face painting, horseback riding and a bicycle rodeo. A group called the Rope Warriors will be performing incredible feats and much more.
For the adults the festival will feature Harvest Tents and a Pioneer Village hosting an extensive collection of creative arts and crafts and over 20 live demonstrations, including a chainsaw carver and the making of lye soap. Over 50 different craft folk will be in attendance to share Appalachian culture and skills that have been passed down from generation to generation.
A special addition to this year’s festivities will be the Old Time Carriage rides down Cumberland Avenue.
There is also quite a lineup of performers offering live music throughout the two day festival with three live stages going both days.
There will be performances by 7 Bridges Band, Outshyne, bluegrass artist Steve Gulley and bluegrass vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley.
On Oct. 3 a motorcycle show and run will be held on Cumberland Avenue from 9-11 a.m. The annual car show is slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with over 200 cars scheduled to attend. They will be participating in contests and games and competing for trophies.
The festival is also hosting a 5K Run/Walk this year which will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers need to meet at the Southeast Community College back parking lot. The race will start and end at Southeast. Water and snacks will be provided.
Registration will open at 8:15 a.m. Entry is $20 per runner and $10 per walker. All participants will receive a 5K Run/Walk T-shirt. There will be trophies awarded after the run for men and women’s first, second and third place winners.
Organizers say volunteers for the festival are still needed.
“People have been great,” said committee member Clemmie Bingham. “We can use anybody who would like to help.”
More information on the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival can be found at the Facebook page. Anyone interested in volunteering can reach Clemmie Bingham at 606-269-0747.
Reach William Tribell at 606-302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn