Cumberland County Animal Services says they are waiving the $100 adoption fees for dogs 30 pounds and over today and tomorrow only.

Cumberland County Animal Services says they are waiving the $100 adoption fee on large dogs, for April 22-23 only.

Only dogs 30 pounds and over qualify for the waived fees, and you have to do it today from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. Adoptions are available at the Animal Services Center, 4704 Corporation Drive in Fayetteville.

“We have found that having adoption promotions like this are a great way to find good homes for our animals,” said Animal Services Director Elaine Smith.  “All of these dogs will be spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed, so this is a great way for an adopter to get a great family pet.”

While there are usually some concerns that fee waivers will bring out pet owners who aren’t up to par, Smith says that isn’t so.

“We do sometimes have people ask if ‘free’ dogs are at risk of being abused, and we have found that this isn’t true – the fee paid doesn’t determine the amount of love for the pet,” Smith said.

Cumberland County Animal Services says the $100 fee could instead be spent on toys, a bed or treats for your new dogs.

For more information about Cumberland County Animal Services, you can email , visit or call the shelter at 910-321-6852.

Top 13 Things to Experience This Weekend at the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival

  • 1. Meet Our Team!

    WKML Dogwood Festival

    Come out and meet all your favorite Beasley Media Group radio station team members and on-air talents! We’ll be on the promenade all weekend long, plus in the park!

    Stop by and you can enter to win lots of different contests, including:

    • WKML: Win front row tickets to Stars & Guitars and a signed guitar
    • Foxy 99: Win tickets for Apple Chill or other concerts!
    • 96.5 BOB FM: Win pampering for your mom for Mother’s Day
    • 107.7 JAMZ: Win tickets to see H.E.R. live in concert!
    • Sunny 94.3: Win tickets to the Fort Bragg Fair
    • My Kiss Radio: Win tickets to New Kids on the Block!

    Beasley Media Group Logos

  • 2. The Concerts

    Dogwood stage

    Festival Park will be filled with three nights of big concerts for rock night, country night, and Prince tribute band night (the legend transcends genre). All the concerts are FREE, in Festival Park (best seats in the house are a paid ticket).

    Friday night – Rock night

    • 5 pm – Best seats in the house open (first come first serve, must have ticket)
    • 6:00pm – Opening Ceremony
    • 6:30pm – Council Ring
    • 8:00pm – MARCY PLAYGROUND
    • 9:45pm – HOOBASTANK

    Saturday night – WKML Country Night

    • 2 pm – Jarrett Raymond
    • 4 pm – Driskill
    • 5 pm – Best seats in the house open (first come first serve, must have ticket)
    • 6:00pm – DILLON CARMICHAEL
    • 7:45pm – KAMERON MARLOWE
    • 9:30pm – TYLER FARR

    Sunday night – Prince Tribute night

    • 2:30pm – Jarrett Raymond
    • 3:45pm –  87 & Pine
    • 5 pm – Best seats in the house open (first come first serve, must have ticket)
    • 5:30pm – Will McBride Group

  • 3. Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

    Dogwood Car Show

    Join us for a Fayetteville Dogwood Festival tradition – the annual Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Show!

    The cars will be on display around the Market House on Hay St., starting when the Festival opens Sunday at noon, and will be there until the awards at 5 p.m.

  • 4. KidZone


    KidZone by Carolina Fun Factory will be open on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Swing on by with your littles and enjoy a variety of games and entertainment pieces in the area.

    KidZone is located in Festival Park.

  • 5. The Carnival Midway

    Dogwood Festival midway

    Ferris wheels, carousels, popcorn, oh my! The Midway is back and better than ever. This staple will be open during festival hours from Friday through Sunday and is located on the corner of Mason Street and Ray Avenue, in the Masonic Lodge parking lot. That’s right outside the Festival Park gate. The Midway has attractions for all ages of the family.

    Open during all festival hours.

  • 6. Boom & Bloom Fireworks!

    Join us on Friday, April 22 for Boom & Bloom! This booming fireworks show will take place as HOOBASTANK’s performance ends at 11 p.m. The fireworks will be shot off from behind the Festival Park stage and will be viewable to the general Festival Park stage.

    Friday night about 11 p.m. in Festival Park.

  • 7. The Street Fair

    Dogwood Festival

    Take a stroll down Hay Street and visit the variety of vendors and sponsors. You will surely find several cool things to enjoy.

    Saturday and Sunday on Hay St. and Ray Ave.

  • 8. BMX Shows

    Dogwood BMX

    BMX shows will be available on Hay Street, near Huske Hardware. This is a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat so this is an opportunity you will not want to miss! Don’t miss out on the meet and greet after every show!

    Showtimes are 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • 9. Air Born Aerials

    Airborn Aerials

    The Air Born Aerial entertainers will perform acrobatic performances on Saturday and Sunday near the Festival Park Plaza Food Court from noon to 6 p.m. both days.

  • 10. Ring Wars Carolina

    Ring Wars Carolina will host a wrestling tournament at the intersection of Ray Avenue and Hay Street. Festival patrons will be able to cheer on their favorite wrestler on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24.

    Show times are every hour from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • 11. Sweet Valley Ranch

    Sweet Valley Ranch…Where Nature Meets Adventure! offers a family-friendly experience where age is only a number and everyone can be a kid again! come out to their area on Green Street and enjoy a variety of activities. From a petting zoo with llamas, goats, miniature horses, to carnival games to taking a ride down the street on a dinosaur, this area has something for each member of the family!

    Open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • 12. FOOD!

    Dogwood Festival Food

    Who can resist Dogwood Festival food? Some of the best food truck and fair foods vendors in the region will be on site all weekend long for your dining pleasure.

    Mostly along the promenade above Festival Park all weekend long.

  • 13. So Much More Fun!

    Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Map

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.