May 1st, 2012
The 9th annual Kentucky Black Bear Festival will be held May 11 & 12 in downtown Cumberland..events include carnival rides, great festival foods *(Fish platters, frog leg dinners, shaved ice, smoothies, funnel cakes, candy apples, homemade candy, hot dogs, bbq…and much more. Various vendors with sunglasses, body jewelry, hats, bear stuff, airbrush temporary tattoos, handmade hair bows, flip flops, candles and more.
To kick off the Black Bear Festival Cumberland Tourism will host the “2nd Annual Black Bear Paw Hop” (sock hop) to be held on Thursday, May 10th from 7 –9 p.m. at the Tourism Office parking lot. Jewell Scott will be our D.J. for the evening spinning the best music of the 50’s & 60’s. Free bounce house for the kids and lemonade for everyone, So come on out and twist your paws!!
Mid-South Carnival will be in the Rotary Park with carnival rides for kids and adults, games and food. All Aboard for the Train Depot in the Rotary park where the Harlan Rotary Club will have their Train Rides for all. Honey Hill Farm will have a petting zoo with about 25 different animals to pet so bring all the kids its Free!, and The Stables at Creekside Glenn will have their pony rides too. The Black Mountain Thunder Zipline will set up a line or two so the kids can get a little taste of what it’s like to ride fastest and highest Zip Line in the state of Kentucky.
David Browning the “Mayberry Deputy” will be there on Saturday walking around all day entertaining the crowds. You better be on your best behavior or he will Nip it !
The 1st Annual Black Bear 5K Run will be on Saturday, May 12 a@ 8:30a.m., starting at the Lynch City Hall, going to the Lynch Country Club, and back. Proceeds go for Camp UNITE. Pre-Register by May 10 for $15, and be guaranteed a shirt. If you wait to register on the day of the race, the fee will be $20 and t-shirts will be first come, first serve basis. Categories for Runners and Walkers are the same. Call 606-589-5812 for more information, or visit harlancountytourism.com for information and forms.
The Black Bear Cornhole Tournamet will also be back this year, Saturday, May 12. Doubles cost $20/Team to enter, winners will receive $400 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place; Singles cost $10/Team to enter, winners will receive $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place. Check out harlancountytourism.com for forms and information, or call 606-589-5912.
We will offer a variety of music both days on our big Black Bear Stage from country, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, rock, and gospel. Our evening concert will be on Friday May 11th and feature For King and Country this contemporary Christian band has been touring for months across the country with Winterjam 2012; they recently performed in Lexington and Knoxville. You won’t want to miss this performance.
Saturday, May 12 the evening will start out with the side-splitting Lardo & Burley of The Moron Brothers who have been entertaining folks for years with their hilarious stories and original songs. They are a favorite at Bluegrass Festivals across the nation and have shared the stage with greats like JD Crowe, Eddie Adcock, bobby Osborne and Rhonda Vincent just to name a few. Then to end the evening we take a Magical Mystery Tour back to the 1960’s featuring The Sweet Beats who are an authentic recreation of the Fab Four at the peak of their popularity. You will hear over 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded on authentic Beatles instruments, not just a band- Entertainment!
So for some good family entertainment come to Cumberland for the 9th Annual Kentucky Black Bear Festival. For more information on becoming a vendor or just for information call the Tourism office at 606-589-5812.
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