CUMBERLAND — Five local bands are slated to perform on the McCoury Family Stage as the second WeinerFest is hosted by Discover Downtown Cumberland and the Downtown Cumberland Business Association on the city’s pedestrian mall Aug. 9 and 10.
WeinerFest is a celebration of the Queen City and is named after one of its oldest running businesses, Curtis’ Coney Island Famous Weiners, now in its 101st year.
Festivities will begin on Friday evening with a live performance of Hot Sauce Willie from 6 to 9 p.m. along with the launch of the WeinerFest 24-Hour Dance-A-Thon for Charity.
Hot Sauce Willie plays rock, blues, pop and rhythm and blues music.
Registration for the dance-a-thon will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the DDC tent and teams are asked to be present and ready to dance by 7 p.m. The event is tentative, based on participation and the overnight weather forecast. Those interested in participating may visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/462839720929650 for the rules and guidelines.
Teams will continue to dance for 24 hours through 7 p.m. on Saturday to both live and DJ’d music. The team with the most team members still dancing at 7 p.m. mixed with the most donations for charity collected will be announced shortly thereafter. The winning team will have their collected donations matched by a local anonymous donor to be given to their selected charity.
DJ Jimmy Hook will continue the music Friday beginning at 9 p.m. and will spin dance music through the night until 9 a.m. Saturday. Spectators and the general public are welcome to join the dance teams at any time throughout the night. Sound levels and noise will adhere to the downtown community standards from midnight to 7 a.m.
Saturday’s live music will begin with the local band Handful of Blue from 9 a.m. to noon, featuring Mary Hendershot College on lead vocals; Brian Hirsch on keyboard and vocals; Matt Fields on guitar, harmonica and vocals; and Steve College on percussion. The band is known for its mix of blues and rock.
The local band Firebyrd, featuring members Mitch Cline, Jeff Wilt, Gary Riggleman and Annette Wolford, will continue the entertainment from 1 to 3 p.m. with a mix of rock, country, folk and dance music.
From 4 to 6 p.m. members of the Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Studio from Keyser, West Virginia, will continue the live music with a variety of popular songs with a Caribbean twist.
Queen City Funk & Soul will round out the music from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The 11-piece dance band has been a downtown Cumberland favorite for over 20 years.
In addition to the music and dance-a-thon, the 2019 Coney Island Weiner Easting Challenge will take place Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a group of 10 pre-selected challengers who will register at 4:30 p.m. with the challenge starting at 5 p.m. Challengers will compete to eat a complete meal from Curtis’ Coney Island Famous Weiners along with a hot fudge sundae from Queen City Creamery using only their mouths.
Other WeinerFest offerings include complimentary carnival rides Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. by Ultimate Amusements from Rockville in the area between North Centre Street and George Street, a kids’ zone, vendor displays, a freak show by Acting Out for ALS. WeinerFest II T-shirts will be available from the DCBA.