The City of Cumming

  • Cumming City Hall

    The 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 Fairgrounds

    The 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 Lanier

    Escape 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 Park

    Cumming'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 Memorial

    Our 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 Parade

    Cumming'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 Playhouse

    The 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 House

    Cumming'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

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UNG honors mayor of Cumming

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 Article By Crystal Ledford
cledford@forsythnews.com
Forsyth County News

H. Ford Gravitt — now in his 48thyear of service to the city of Cumming, first as a city councilman and for more than four decades as mayor — was presented with the Presidential Leadership Award during the university’s second annual Scholarship Ball at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

First held last year in Gainesville, the black-tie event raises money for student scholarships and celebrates the university’s supporters. Next year, the ball will be held in Dahlonega.

Gravitt received the Presidential Leadership Award, which is given rarely and only to those who have shown the highest level of support for the university. He was honored for his long-standing efforts to create a higher education campus in Forsyth County.
“We have the special privilege of honoring a very special leader who is known for making things happen,” said UNG president Bonita C. Jacobs. “With vision and determination, he led Cumming and Forsyth County officials and community leaders in efforts to bring higher education to this glorious community of Cumming.”

Nearly 20 years of work toward that goal was realized two years ago when the university opened its Cumming campus on Aquatic Circle, near Ga. 400 at Exit 16.

“As a result of his perseverance, UNG will increase the educational attainment of students in this community and help our community continue to prosper,” Jacobs said.

Besides leading efforts to bring the campus, which opened with more than 500 students and has grown to more than 750 students this past fall, Gravitt also personally funds two scholarships each year, Jacobs said.

One is given annually to deserving student from Forsyth County in honor of his late wife, Joan Carolyn, while the other is in honor of his alma mater, Forsyth County High School.

“It’s been a great pleasure and I’ve been very honored to have been able to have helped North Georgia with the limited ability that I have to provide scholarships to the school,” Gravitt said.

He was humble in his acceptance of the award, thanking others who had helped him throughout his life.

“It’s been a long ride and I’m one of the luckiest persons in this room tonight probably,” he said. “I couldn’t have done near the things that’s happened in Cumming, Ga., and Forsyth County without the help of a lot of people.”

Gravitt attributed much of his desire to help his community to his mother, who raised him and his eight siblings alone after his father passed away when Gravitt was 13.

“She instilled from an early age, the love and commitment, hard work and dedication and friendship to your fellow man,” he said.

He also praised James Otwell, the founder of Andean Chevrolet, who served as a mentor to him after his father passed away.

“He was the reason that I got into politics,” he said. “James Otwell meant so much to me.”

He said “one of the biggest cheerleaders” of his life was his wife, who passed away in 1998.

The ball, which had a Roaring ’20s theme, also raised more than $300,000, and pushed the total raised for scholarships since last year’s ball over the $1 million mark.