11AdultRelive your favorite day in elementary school as an adult. Cumberland County’s first annual Adult Field Day takes place Saturday, Aug. 11, in Festival Park. This is a free event open to the public that is intended to bring people from all communities together through games, food music and more.

Forty coed teams of four to five will compete in 10 exciting Field Day events for a trophy and bragging rights. There will be an assortment of vendors and food trucks to enjoy as the event is taking place. A great mix of music will play all day, and the night will conclude with a free concert featuring local artists and headlined by North Carolina’s own and Bull City (Durham) native G. Yamazawa. There will also be fun activities for the kids.

Adult Field Day is a new annual funding event for the local nonprofit organization Our P.L.A.C.E. Proceeds raised will be used to grow the organization and support its future projects and events. Our P.L.A.C.E is known for a host of events and projects, including The Marquis Slam, a monthly spoken-word event held at the Arts Council; after-school programs; community and youth outreach programs; and a Cultural Arts Scholarship program. Most recently, it is gearing up to host the 2019 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in downtown Fayetteville.

When asked what makes Adult Field Day special, Our P.L.A.C.E. Founding President Eean Tyson said, “I once read, (by David Binder), ‘Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being.’ This is everything we at Our P.L.A.C.E. believe whole-heartedly. We want to bring our community together through sport, food and music.

“We are a cultural arts nonprofit, and we focus on and are dedicated to the arts, but it’s said that art imitates life, and we want to contribute to our community by making it a better place to live.

This is the first of many steps we plan to take on this journey, and we hope that you will come along with us.”

The 10 Field Day events are all the classic favorites, and a few added with a twist: tug of war; sack relay race; three-legged race; balloon toss; memory game; giant Jenga; corn hole; giant “beer” pong (no alcohol); sponge relay with flippers; sprint relay.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the Field Day events begin at 10:30 a.m. An array of food trucks will be on-site and serving food by 11:30 a.m.

The Field Day competitions are scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m., and winners will be announced by 5 p.m.

The concert portion of the event will begin shortly after, kicking off with local performers. Headliner G. Yamazawa will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Adult Field Day will end at 9 p.m.

Register as a team ($75 total) or individual ($20) or learn how to be a sponsor, vendor or volunteer at www.welcome2ourplace.org or www.facebook.com/Fayadultfieldday.

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