The military has, for good or bad, changed the face of Cumberland County. From blending driving styles to music, the diverse group of people who call Cumberland County home makes our community unique. In celebration of that diversity the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is sponsoring the 30th International Folk Festival.
    The event, which draws crowds to the streets to celebrate their heritage, is scheduled for Sept. 26-28. A big part of the event will be the September 4th Friday. In celebration of our community’s diversity, the Arts Council is asking: How does Unity in Our Community look from your perspective? Actually, how does it look through your lens?
    Share your photos through this juried photo competition at the Arts Council. Individuals may enter up to four photos with awards totaling $1,000. There are three separate categories for entries: black and white, color and digital/mixed-media. Winners will be announced on Sept. 26, with the photography remaining on display through Nov. 22.
    Photos may be submitted to the Arts Council, 301 Hay St., on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. Entry fees are $20 for up to two entries ($15 for Arts Council members) and $25 for up to four entries ($20 for Arts Council members.)
    The competition is open to residents in Cumberland, Bladen, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties as well as Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. Entries must be framed with wire attached to the back. Sawtooth, loop or tag hangers will not be accepted.
    Entries must be original and not previously entered into any Arts Council exhibitions. Photographers will be notified by email of the juror’s selection. Declined entries may be picked up on Sept. 18, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    In addition to the photography show, there will be an outdoor concert in front of the Arts Council building featuring the Heritage Bluegrass Band.           
    For more information call (910) 323-1776, or download entry forms at

Janice Burton,
Associate Publisher
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