Cumming City HallThe recently erected Cumming City Hall & Clock Tower has become the face of downtown Cumming. It's architecture is a modernized style reminiscent of the classic look and feel of old town Cumming. Inside, the walls tell the story of Cumming's past and present administration including a large collage of antique photographs. The City Hall hosts the City Council Chambers and administrative offices of several city departments.Read More
The Cumming FairgroundsThe Cumming Fairgrounds hosts a large spectrum of events from antique car shows to the annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival. Inside, you will find a variety of attractions and facilities including a quarter midget race track and a large, covered pavilion tailored to host events such as concerts, rodeos or large gatherings. Visit the official website for a calendar of events, booking, or any additional information. Visit Site
Lake Sidney LanierEscape to Cumming's #1 tourist attraction, Lake Sidney Lanier, located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta off GA 400. Mary Alice Park is the ideal place for boating, water sports, fishing and family fun! Read More
Aquatic Center & Water ParkCumming's latest attraction is the Aquatic Center & Water Park. Inside you will find olympic swimming pools for training and competition. During the Spring and Summer we open the outdoor water park, suitable for kids of all ages! Classes such as swimming lessons, CPR and more are available year-round. For scheduled events and additional information visit the official Aquatic Center website. Visit Site
Veterans War MemorialOur Veteran's War Memorial stands as a monument to honor the soldiers of Forsyth County who served their country when duty called. Join us on these grounds for our annual Memorial Day Ceremonies. Read More
4th of July ParadeCumming's longest standing tradition is the annual 4th of July Steam Engine Parade. This unique event draws a record number of participants, enthusiast and onlookers to celebrate our country's independence. Families, state-wide, find this to be the most thrilling event the city hosts! The colorful fanfare, food, and handfuls of candies fuel the excitement of the masses. The festivities begin mid-morning and end with a fireworks display at dusk.Read More
The Cumming PlayhouseThe playhouse hosts a variety of wholesome entertainment from plays to concerts and more. A fantastic night out for the family, with friends, or even school or church groups. Visit the official Cumming playhouse website to see this year's line-up of scheduled events, book your tickets online, or speak with a playhouse representative. Visit Site
The Brannon Heard HouseCumming's newly-restored, historical landmark is now open and available to host your next private event. Let us host your wedding receptions, holiday parties, or other upcoming celebrations! Visit our official page for pricing and availability. Visit Site
- Planning and Zoning will now be handling the issuance of alcohol serving permits. The fee is $20.00. Applications will only be accepted on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm with a one hour break for lunch from 1130 to 1230. Please be sure to have both your driver’s license and social security card, as our City Ordinance requires you to present them BOTH at the time you submit your application. Planning and Zoning is located on the bottom floor of the City of Cumming City Hall which is located at 100 Main Street Cumming, GA, 30040. If you wish to fill out your application before coming into the office, here is a copy of the CH CONSENT
- We will not be processing any alcohol server permits from November 21st through December 1st. We will resume issuing the permits on December 2nd on our normal schedule of Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 830 am to 4 pm.rd.
It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Country Fair & Festival which begins on Thursday October 2nd and ends on Sunday October 12th. This year will mark the 20th year for the Fair that began in 1995 with only 5 days and now has grown to an 11 day event. Just thinking about it, makes your mouth water for cotton candy, fresh popcorn, funnel cakes and one of those giant turkey legs, and don’t forget the all too popular Deep Fried Snickers or Oreos.
The Fair is boasted as an “Affordable Family Outing” with free attractions, concerts, exhibits as well as discounted ticket prices on certain dates. For about the same price as going to a movie, admission for adults are $7.00, students (5-18) are $3.00 and kids 4 and under are free. Want a better deal; purchase your tickets in advance from September 3rd through September 28th, and the price drops down to $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students (5-18) and free for kids 4 and under. All parking is $3.00 and it includes handicap parking as well.
The success of the fair relies on the staff of workers that Director Dave Horton has assembled. They include Administrative Assistant Donna Cruse, Events Coordinator Tracy Helms, Maintenance John Bryan and the Historical Preservation’s Burt Alford, Bud Thomas & Dowe Vaughan. The team has worked eagerly to provide a great experience for everyone.
Did you think we were going to forget about the rides…not at all? “The famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. With over 40 rides and numerous games, it will surely provide fun for all.” Visit the fair’s site at www.cummingfair.net for daily specials and check out the many sponsors who help make this event possible. Don’t miss out on 11 days of Family Fun!
Hope to see you there!!
The Fair runs from Oct. 2nd-12th, 2014
Monday – Thursday 4PM – 10PM
Friday 4PM – Midnight
Saturday 10 AM – Midnight
Sunday 12:30 PM – 9PM
Thursday October 2nd: Opening Day admission is free, compliments of Northside Hospital
Friday October 3rd: The Oak Ridge Boys concert at 8:00pm
Saturday October 4th: 2014 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant 10:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday October 5th: Free admission for Senior Citizens 55 & older
Monday October 6th: Student Night is free for all students 18 and under
Tuesday October 7th: Colt Ford in Concert 8:00pm
Wednesday October 8th: Admission is free, compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Day. Marvel Super Heroes Team Show 5:00pm and 7:30pm
Thursday October 9th Charlie Daniels Band in concert 8:00pm
Friday October 10th: Football Friday Night offers free admission after 9:00pm with HS football ticket stub
Saturday October 11th: Chainsaw Carving Auction 7:00pm and American Bull Riders Tour 8:00pm
Sunday October 12th: Last Day/ American Bull Riders Tour 6:00pm
Pay-One-Price Ride Specials
Thursday October 2nd: $20 Unlimited Rides per person (all-ages)
Saturday October 4th: Free Admission and Free Rides 10:00am-11:00am & $25 Unlimited Rides (Must purchase between11:00am -3:00pm)
Sunday October 5th: Free Admission and Free Rides 10:00am-11:00am & $25 Unlimited Rides (Must purchase between 11:00am -3:00pm)
Monday October 6th: $15 Unlimited Rides (all-ages)
Tuesday October 7th: $20 Unlimited Rides (all-ages)
Wednesday October 8th: $20 Unlimited Rides (all-ages)
Saturday October 11th: Free Admission and Free Rides 10:00am-11:00am & $25 Unlimited Rides (Must purchase between11:00am -3:00pm)
Sunday October 12th: Free Admission and Free Rides 10:00am-11:00am & $25 Unlimited Rides (Must purchase between 11:00am -3:00pm)
Visit www.cummingfair.net for more information
Featured Business Goodson Drug
In July of 1959, Jim Goodson opened a full service pharmacy called Goodson Drug Company and it was located in downtown Cumming. Most people have heard of the saying “Location, Location, Location” which implies that any retail storefront business will prosper simply because of their location. Situated on the corner of Castleberry Road and West Maple Street, Goodson Drug Company have as good of a location as any. What about “Experience, Experience, Experience”, they have that covered as well. Goodson opened the Pharmacy in 1959 back in a time when a stamp only cost $0.04 and Alaska & Hawaii had just become this nation’s 49th & 50th States.
So how does a company that is 55 years old continue to thrive and maintain success? Over the years, they have preserved a strong commitment to their customers and have always felt that Cumming is a great city with a wonderful community. Jim’s grandson Lee boasts “Everybody working here genuinely wants to offer the best service possible to all of our customers. Our pharmacy’s motto has always been “We Serve to Serve Again”. Although this may sound like a platitude, it is the model on which our service is built”. Lee continued by saying “We are loyal to our customers. We treat them as if they are our family and I think the loyalty that we give them is reflected in the loyalty they give us. Some of them have been using our services for three or four generations. We don’t take this lightly and we look forward to serving them in the future”.
“We Serve to Serve Again”
The Goodson Drug Company has always been locally owned and operated by a member of the Goodson Family. Current pharmacist’s includes Jimmy Goodson, Rance Cain, Lee Goodson, Margaret Hinson, Maria Bray, Donna Sigmund, Jennifer Richardson, and Megan Scott. Their longtime technicians are Venicia Hughes, Karey Hughes and Tiffani Powell and of course Byron Goodson. Finally, their front cashiers Willie Mae Keys (her family has been working with the Goodson’s since the 1950s) and Ruby McDougle.
When asked if they had any enjoyable stories on how they went above and beyond for a customer, Lee replied “An elderly customer used to call frequently just to chat with one of our pharmacists. The customer was lonesome and often wanted to discuss politics or current events, or just wanted to tell the pharmacist what the sermon was about at the most recent church service he had attended. This pharmacist would often spend his lunch break taking this customer things he needed, even if it meant going to the grocery store on the way and picking up a few groceries and a twelve-pack of Dr. Peppers, and then stay and visit with this customer until it was time for him to come back to work.”
Lee Goodson is very proud to be located in the city and feels “The City of Cumming has a very logical approach to the way government is running and this is a direct reflection of Mayor Gravitt’s leadership”. Usually when dealing with community/city governments, politics seem to play a very big role in getting things accomplished. “The City has a practical approach, making it so that businesses are able to accomplish goals without getting bogged down in red tape.”
FYI, for all of you Nascar fans, 1959 happens to be the 1st Daytona 500 race and Lee Petty was the winner.
Goodson Drug Company
116 West Maple Street
Cumming, GA 30040