City of Cumming July 4th Celebration and Steam Engine Parade

steam engine parade july 4th in cumming, gaOne of our favorite family events in Forsyth County is the annual July 4th celebration at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The fun starts at 6:00 pm on July 3 and continues through the 4th of July with a steam engine parade and lots of festivities and fireworks.

The City of Cumming has the BEST 4th of July Celebration around!! Our Independence Day Celebration begins on July 3rd at 6:00 p.m. with various vendors including food and drink, inflatables for kids, a live band, wonderful fireworks display along with an all-age dance contest following the fireworks. Bring your blanket, set out on the lawn and enjoy the festivities. There is no admission or parking fee for the July 3rd celebration!

On July 4th, come and enjoy the famous 55th Annual Steam Engine Parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Parade will include steam engines, antique tractors, antique cars and many other floats decorated in the spirit of the holiday. Following the Steam Engine Parade you can take a closer look at the steam engines, tractors and cars at the Fairgrounds.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Tribble Gap and Woodland Drive and ends at the fairgrounds.

  • Tuesday, July 3rd @ Cumming Fairgrounds
  • 6:00pm  –  Vendors Open
  • 7:30pm  –  Band Feedback – classic rock and country
  • 9:30pm  –  Fireworks Show
  • 10:00pm –  Dance Contest (all ages)
  • Wednesday, July 4th
  • 9:00am  –  Vendors Open For Sale (till 1:00pm)
  • 10:00am –  Parade Begins
  • Parade Ends at Fairgrounds At Approximately 12:00 Noon
  • 1:00pm  –  Celebration Over

For questions regarding the 4th of July Parade please call: 770-887-0516
For more info about July 3rd activities, please call: 770-781-3491
Parade rules and regulations
FAQ’s about the parade
For questions regarding July 4th activities:
Contact the Cumming Fairgrounds Staff


Photo via Cumming Fairgrounds.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA from March 30 – April 1, 2012.

Cumming Harvest Market FestivalSpring is in the air! There are plenty of fun things to do in Cumming, GA this weekend – here is a roundup of activities for families!

Camping season is also now underway in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, March 30

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Fairgrounds- Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs for sale. Presentations include native plants, hydroponics, organic and square foot gardening and pollination gardens. Mia’s Pizza will be at the Forsyth County Fairgrounds on March 30-31 serving up delicious foods during the Forsyth Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  A percentage of our proceeds will go to support the Forsyth County Lion’s Club and their charitable efforts for the seeing/hearing impaired.

Saturday, March 31

8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Cumming Fairgrounds- Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs for sale. Presentations include native plants, hydroponics, organic and square foot gardening and pollination gardens. Visit with Kinsey Family Farm and other local businesses. Mia’s Pizza will be at the Forsyth County Fairgrounds serving up delicious foods during the Forsyth Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  A percentage of their proceeds will go to support the Forsyth County Lion’s Club and their charitable efforts for the seeing/hearing impaired.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – The Cumming Harvest Market Festival – Parking lot of the Colony Park Office Suites (directly across from Andean Chevrolet in Cumming). Are you interested in local food grown without chemicals? The Cumming Harvest is an online market for local sustainable farmers in North Georgia. All the farmers and vendors sell products that are grown or made without the use of synthetics. Everyone is invited to come try samples of local produce, baked goods, honey, and much more. Also, kids will enjoy getting their face painted, while we are all entertained by the Cherokee Cutups (a local bluegrass band).

11:00 am Barnes & Noble Spring Time Storytime – The air is sweeter the breeze is warmer… could it be that spring is in the air? Join us for a fresh Storytime and activity perfect for kids 6 and under.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Avenues Forsyth – Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny! Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny will take place in The Park near Coldwater Creek. Please bring your camera! The Avenue staff will also be available to take photos for The Avenue Facebook page and to assist you with taking photos with your camera.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt 7225 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040. Food, Prizes and Fun!! Bring your Easter basket to hunt for lots of eggs…eggs filled with candy and prizes! Lunch will be served. Please feel free to call the church (770-889-2422) for more information or directions.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make it Take it – Make a terra cotta spring butterfly clay pot.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Midway Community Church in Alpharetta, GA is having an Easter Egg Hunt for kids up to 5th grade. The fun will include a giant slide, moonwalk & obstacle course, hundreds of eggs loaded with goodies, and of course, a great hunt!

Sunday, April 1

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Forsyth County Public Library Family Cinema Spring Break Feature #1 at Hampton Park Library – An orphaned boy secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man. Based on the best-selling book by Brian Selznick, winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal. Rated PG; 127 minutes; 2011.


3/31 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Eggstravaganza – Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA.

3/31 and 4/1 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm – Visit the Rabbit Palooza, Hunt for Eggs, ride a donkey, bottle feed baby goats, visit with baby chicks and ducks and more! Also open Wed. 4/7 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Easter Sunday 4/8 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. More info: (706) 348 – 7279

Spring Storytime Schedule at Forsyth County Public Library

Forsyth County Public Library StorytimeSpring is in the air! The Forsyth County Public library spring storytime session starts Monday, March 12, and continues through Friday, April 27. There are no programs the week of April 2-6. Registration is not necessary for these free programs.

Little Listeners Storytime (ages 18 months to 3 years, with a caregiver) is presented at 10:15 a.m. at the following locations:

Cumming Library—Mondays

Sharon Forks Library—Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Hampton Park Library—Fridays

Wee Read Storytime (ages 2-5, with a caregiver) is presented at 11:15 a.m. at the following locations:

Cumming Library—Mondays and Thursdays

Sharon Forks Library—Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Hampton Park Library—Fridays

Ready, Set, Read! Storytime (ages 4-6) is presented at 1:15 p.m. at the following locations:

Cumming Library—Mondays

Sharon Forks Library—Tuesdays

Hampton Park Library—Fridays

For more information, call the Forsyth County Public Library at 770-781-9840, or visit FCPL’s web site.

Things to Do in Cumming, GA for March 9 – March 11, 2012

Lowes Build and Grow Carnival Hoops GameHere’s a roundup of events and things to do this weekend in Cumming, GA! Also, don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour on Saturday night for daylight savings time.

Friday, March 9

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – CFUMC Kids Consignment Sale

Saturday, March 10

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – CFUMC Kids Consignment Sale – Half price sale!

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – Carnival Hoops. Step right up and try your luck with carnival hoops! Your child will love building and playing with this kit.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Storytime. My Name is Not Isabella… or Alexander. Join us for two wonderful stories by Jennifer Fosberry about self-discovery and thinking big. Story and activity great for kids 6 and under.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Petco – Forsyth County Humane Society Pet Adoptions.

2:00 pm – FCPL Teen Cinema–Hampton Park Library. Teen Tech Week Feature! A computer whiz kid accidentally hacks into a top-secret computer that has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The computer challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War III. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing? Starring Matthew Broderick. Rated PG; 110 minutes; 1983.1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels T-shirt Tote Bag Make-it Take-it. Craft a fashionable bag from a T-shirt. Make-It Take-It with purchase of shirt. While Supplies Last / Ages 3 and up.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Michaels Yarn Doll Make-it Take-it. Learn to make a playful doll with yarn. Free Make-It Take-It While Supplies Last / Ages 3 and Up


Kids Consignment Sale at Cumming First United Methodist Church from March 8 – March 10, 2012

CFUMC Kids Consignment Sale in Cumming GALooking for a local childrens consignment sale in Forsyth County this weekend? Cumming First United Methodist Church is hosting its semiannual Kid’s Consignment Sale located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA 30040.

Over 300 sellers are participating and items for sale include newborn through juniors spring and summer clothing, baby goods, furniture, bedding, toys, books movies and much more! Cash, check and credit cards are accepted with valid photo ID. Service charge applies.

I recommend that if you are shopping for many items, that you bring a laundry basket or tote bag to carry your purchases in! Happy shopping! For more information, visit the church website or call 678-873-2963.

Sale hours:

Thursday, March 8th
8:30 am – 1:00 pm  (No strollers allowed)
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, March 9th
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, March 10th (1/2 price sale!)
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Exceptional Children’s Week: Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Barnes & Noble BookfairBarnes and Noble at The Avenue Forsyth celebrates Exceptional Children’s Week from Monday, February 27 – Sunday, March 4 2012.

The week includes super hero experience, princess party, student fashion show, school performances, school recognitions, school participation contest, robotics, Dr Seuss birthday celebration, guest authors and much more!

Here is the schedule:

Monday February 27 – Friday March 4 – Events from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 3 – Events from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, March 4 – Events from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

For  more detailed information, visit Barnes & Noble or Forsyth County Schools website for more information.

Can’t attend the bookfair? Support them online at with bookfair ID #10677433 at checkout.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for February 10 – 12, 2012

A Day Fur LoveThe weekend is finally here and there’s lots to do. What do you have planned for the weekend? Here’s a roundup of events in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Saturday, February 11

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – Build a valentine card creator. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Your child will love making their own personalized cards!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Valentine’s Day Memory Book. Make the most of cherished memories. Make-It Take-It with purchase of paper sack. While Supplies Last Ages 3+

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bath & Body Works at The Avenue Forsyth. Valentine’s Day Party. Gift with purchase, sweepstakes and more.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – A Day Fur Love – North Point Mall, Alpharetta, GA – Angels Among Us Pet Rescue Special Valentine’s Day Event. Please Join us for A Day Fur Love Pet Adoption at North Point Mall! We will have both Dogs & Cats at this event and we will also have a Fashion show sponsored by The Gap. California Pizza Kitchen will also be sponsoring pizza for this event. We will be located at the Center Stage located just down from The Gap. We will also have a DJ there. This is going to be one great event folks, come out and adopt your Angel this Valentine’s Day weekend! Please consider adopting, fostering, donating. Please visit our website to view our adoptable pets:

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Plant A Kiss story time at The Avenue Forsyth. Bring the children in for a special Valentine’s Day storytime and fun activities.

1:00 pm – Forsyth County Library – Cumming location. Special Valentine’s Day Event. Join us for a special family program, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy 30 minutes of heartwarming stories, songs, and a puppet show especially for ages 4-8 years, but fun for the whole family.
Sunday, February 12

7:00 pm – Bingo at the VFW Post 9143. Come on out and support our local veterans for some family Bingo fun. Open to the public. No smoking. Game cards start at $10.00. Children 6 and up welcome with adult. Concessions available. Cash prizes!

Sunday, February 12

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Valentine’s Day Gift Workshop. Explore your creativity this Valentine’s Day. Make-It Take-It with purchase of Wood Curly-Q Letter or Frame. While Supplies Last Ages 3+.


Food for Thought Project – An Ongoing Community-Based Food Drive in Forsyth County, GA

Food for Thought ProjectLooking to give back to the community? Want to help the needy?

Thanks to two local families, Forsyth County now has Food for Thought Project, a community-based ongoing food drive that residents are supporting in growing numbers. The number of families is currently at 426 supporting the drive and has collected a total of 16,232 lb. since they formed in June 2011.

The concept is simple, sign up for free and you will receive an orange shopping bag. Simply buy an extra item or two every time you go grocery shopping, put it in the bag and on the second Saturday of every other month, hang the bag outside your front door for pickup.

Volunteers pick up the bags, sort them at a storage facility and distribute among local food pantries at local churches and organizations.

Looking to help even more? Volunteers are also needed to pick up food as well as sort and distribute.

Mia’s Pizza and Eats is also supporting the Food for Thought drive. Bring in a canned item for the Food for Thought food drive and they will donate 10% of your meal to the project.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for February 3 – 5, 2012

New playground at Fowler Park

There’s lots of things to do in Forsyth County this weekend! Enjoy the warmer temperatures and get out and play!

Fowler Park has a neat skate park and the Big Creek Greenway offers lots of outdoor fun.

Friday, February 3

9:oo am – 6:00 pm  – Green With Envy Kid’s Consignment Sale – Pinetree Village Shopping Center, 2350 Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9), Cumming, GA 30040.

Saturday, February 4

9:00 am – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Kids can build this great Keepsake Box. Make a personalized box to hold private treasures. Give it as a gift for Valentine’s Day.

9:oo am – 5:00 pm  – Green With Envy Kid’s Consignment Sale – Pinetree Village Shopping Center, 2350 Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9), Cumming, GA 30040.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Story time. Bring the children in for storytime and fun activities.

Sunday, February 5

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels – Kids Valentines Card – Free make it take it. Ages 3 and up.

Monday February 6

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Academy Sports + Outdoors – Join the Atlanta Braves inflatable unit at Academy Sports + Outdoors. There will be an autograph signing from 4:30PM – 6PM.

Atlanta Braves Country Caravan in Cumming GA

Location:  Academy Sports & Outdoors , 320 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA

Details:  The Atlanta Braves are coming to visit the fans of Cumming on February 6 as a part of the annual Braves Country Caravan.  Fans can meet the Braves and get FREE autographs!

Cost: FREE

Forsyth County Public Library February Event Schedule

The Forsyth County Public Library is keeping busy offering lots of fun story times, book clubs, free movies and other activities for children, teens and families this month.

Here is a sampling of events this week and here is the full listing of February events at the library.


Program Description Date/Time Location
Little Listeners Storytime Program Let’s Be Friends
Will you be my friend?
2/1/2012 10:15 AM Sharon Forks Library
Wee Read Storytime Program Who Said That?
Woof, moo, or cock-a-doodle-doo?
2/1/2012 11:15 AM Sharon Forks Library
Wee Read Storytime Program Rhyme Time
What rhymes with car?
2/2/2012 11:15 AM Cumming Library
Little Listeners Storytime Program Let’s Be Friends
Will you be my friend?
2/3/2012 10:15 AM Hampton Park Library
Wee Read Storytime Program Rhyme Time
What rhymes with car?
2/3/2012 11:15 AM Hampton Park Library
Ready, Set, Read! Storytime Program Snooze Stories
Fluff up the pillows and pull up the covers!
2/3/2012 1:15 PM Hampton Park Library

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