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
City Council Posts 3, 4 & 5 Election Information
Advance Voting for the Nov. 3 City of Cumming Municipal Election will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, Oct. 12, 2015 through Oct. 30, 2015 at Cumming City Hall, 100 Main Street. There will be no Saturday voting for this election.
Cumming City Hall will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015).
The Cumming Municipal Election will fill City of Cumming Council Posts 3, 4 and 5. Those on the ballot are:
Post 3 – Lewis Ledbetter (incumbent)
Post 4 – Christopher D. Light, Guy McBrayer, Dana M. Sexton, Jack Shoemake and Avery Stone
Post 5 – Linda Ledbetter and Julie Tressler
Only voters who live in the City Limits of Cumming are eligible to vote in this election.
The voter registration deadline for this election is Oct. 5, 2015.
To confirm your voter registration, contact the Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Department at: (770) 781-2118; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.forsythco.com (go to Voter Registration and Elections under “Departments”); or in person at the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 East Main Street, Suite 200. Voter eligibility can also be confirmed through the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, www.sos.ga.gov.
The Cumming Country Fair & Festival
Oct. 8-18, 2015
It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 8 and ends on Sunday, Oct. 18. This year will mark the 21st year for the fair that began in 1995 with only five days and now has grown to an 11-day event.
The fair is boasted as an “affordable family outing” since admission is about the same as going to a movie. But, unlike the movies, the fair offers free attractions, concerts, exhibits, as well as discounted ticket prices on certain dates. Regular admission for adults is $7, students (age 5-18) are $3, and kids 4 and under are free. Want a better deal? Purchase your tickets now through Sept. 28, and the price is $5 for adults and $2 for students (age 5-18), with children 4 and under still free. All parking is $3, including parking for those with disabilities.
Just thinking about the fair probably 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. Besides all those yummy treats, there is plenty of other fun and excitement to be found at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival. 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. There are also free concerts from The Oak Ridge Boys, Corey Smith, and Joe Diffie, as well as exciting ground acts that include several returning favorites, such as Brian Ruth Master of the Chainsaw, Oscar the Robot, and the North Georgia Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. 2015 brings some new faces, too, such as Michelle’s Magical Poodles and Sea Lion Splash. The fair closes out with two nights of exciting bull riding events.
The success of the Cumming County Fair & Festival relies on the staff that Fairgrounds Director Dave Horton has assembled. They include Administrative Assistant Donna Cruse, Events Coordinator Tracy Helms, Maintenance Workers John Bryan and Michael Bennett, and the Historical Preservation team of Burt Alford and Dowe Vaughan. The Fairgrounds staff work year around to provide a great experience for everyone.
Visit www.cummingfair.net for daily specials and to check out the many sponsors who help make this event possible. Don’t miss out on 11 days of down-home, family fun! Hope to see you there
Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: Opening Day, free admission, compliments of Northside Hospital
Friday, Oct. 9: The Oak Ridge Boys in concert at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10: Kids Day, free admission for children 12 & under from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.; 2015 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11: Free admission for senior citizens 55 & older; Free adult admission with donation of seven canned goods, benefiting Feed the Hungry Forsyth
Monday, Oct. 12: Student Night, free admission for all students 18 and under
Tuesday, Oct. 13: Corey Smith in concert 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 14: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Day, free admission for all ages; Marvel Super Heroes Team Show at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; CHOA Parade at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15: Joe Diffie in concert at 7:45 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16: Football Friday Night, free admission after 9 pm with any high school football game ticket stub
Saturday, Oct. 17: Free admission from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for all ages; Chainsaw Carving Auction at 7 p.m.; American Bull Riders Tour at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Last day of the fair; Heroes Day, free admission for all law enforcement, firefighters, first responders & active reserve or retired military (with valid ID); Free student admission with coupon; Free adult admission with donation of seven canned goods, befitting Feed the Hungry Forsyth; American Bull Riders Tour at 6 p.m.
Pay-One-Price Ride Specials
Thursday October 8th: $20 unlimited rides (all-ages)
Saturday, Oct. 10: $25 unlimited rides (must purchase between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 11: Free rides for students 18 & under 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with coupon
Monday, Oct. 12: $15 unlimited rides (all ages)
Tuesday, Oct. 13: $20 unlimited rides (all ages)
Wednesday, Oct. 14: $20 unlimited rides (all ages)
Saturday, Oct. 17: Free rides 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; $25 unlimited rides (must purchase between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 18: Free rides for students 18 & under 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with coupon
Happy Family Restaurant
Anyone looking for fresh, authentic Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine doesn’t have to go any farther than downtown Cumming. Happy Family Restaurant, Cumming’s first Asian eatery, recently re-opened after being closed a couple of years.
The restaurant’s founder, “Grandpa Long,” began the establishment about 30 years ago. Grandpa Long ran Happy Family for decades, but about eight years ago fell ill and wanted to return to his native Taiwan. He eventually passed away there, and about two years ago, his three children – Kathy, Charlie and Andy Long – decided they wanted to reopen the local restaurant, keeping their father’s memory and traditions alive at the same location.
“We are located in the heart of Cumming, behind the old courthouse,” Kathy Long said. “We are in a great location within a great community so we have no desire to go anywhere else.”
During the restaurant’s hiatus, the family completely renovated it, creating a more open dining area with modern booths, tables and bank seating. They also brought in new wall colors and decorations that make restaurant patrons almost feel like they are taking a trip to a beautiful, exotic paradise. The outside façade was also modernized in order to better flow with the appearances of the restaurant’s adjoining neighbors.
While the look of the restaurant has changed, Kathy says customers will still find the same warm, welcoming spirit within as when Grandpa Long operated Happy Family.
“We were the first Chinese restaurant in Cumming and we have been successful all these years because we like to treat our customers like family,” she said. “That is something that my brothers and I believe in very strongly and will always continue.”
Happy Family’s menu continues to offer freshly made Tai and Chinese fare, including traditional favorites like Sweet and Sour Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Mu Shu Pork, and Pad Thai. There are also many specialty dishes, such as Triple Delight with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat, and Seven Stars with beef, pork and chicken, surrounded by seven fried, jumbo shrimp. Happy Family also features a full Japanese menu and sushi bar offering special sushi, nigiri and sashimi dishes that look like colorful works of art. They are almost too beautiful to eat – almost! The restaurant also serves a range of beer, wine and sake.
Customers can enjoy everyday lunch specials – which include fried rice, choice of egg roll or crab Rangoon and choice of soup – starting at just $6.45. Customers can eat in, take out or have their food delivered (within a limited delivery area). And for a limited time, patrons can “buy one, get one half off” on all sushi rolls.
The Long family says they are thrilled to be open again in downtown Cumming.
“Everyone at the City of Cumming was so helpful in getting our restaurant up and running again, which is the reason we have always remained in Cumming,” Kathy Long said. “This community is very much like family, and having this family makes everything better.
“Cumming has seen such dramatic changes in the last few decades and we got to experience all of it. We have never thought of moving elsewhere. We were here at the beginning, when Cumming first started growing, and we plan to be here until the end.”
Happy Family Restaurant
103 West Courthouse Square
Cumming, GA 30040
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.