Friday at the Crossroads has teamed up with the United Fund of Cumberland County and the Young Professional Alliance for a fun Back to School bash in downtown Crossville.
The event takes place on Friday, 4-8 p.m. in downtown Crossville.
It is sponsored by Downtown Crossville Inc. and the United Fund of Cumberland County, which will kick off its 2022 fundraising campaign at the event.
The United Fund will merge on the lawn of the courthouse with some of the more than 30 nonprofit organizations the United Fund partners with each year.
They have bouncy castles, a groovy photo shoot, games, popcorn and more, themed ‘All Roads Lead to Peace, Love and the United Fund’. Learn more about these organizations and the services they provide to Cumberland County.
Local businesses, non-profits, clubs and others can be found all over the downtown area, with games, shopping, food and fun. Several will encourage donations of school supplies to help students return to the classroom next week.
The Chop Shop, at 296 West Ave., will also be offering their annual Back to School haircuts for free during the event. Haircuts are first come, first served, 4-8pm. They will also have backpacks filled with school supplies. The event is open to all school children and free to the community.
Stop by Social Brew for a pint and to drop off school supplies for the Phoenix School. They need paper, pencils and folders. The school supplies these supplies to their students. Drop off donations at Social Brew and they will deliver them to the school.
The Cumberland County School System will also be set up with a children’s book table. Come by and let your child choose a new book.
Don’t rush home at 8pm – there’s more fun to be had for a good cause. The fifth annual YPA Dash in the Dark 5K and Fun Run begins at 8 p.m.
This course takes participants through the downtown area after the sun has set and the temperatures hopefully drop a few degrees.
There are prizes for the fastest overall runners and top runners in each age group. However, the real winners in the Dash in the Dark are the children who benefit from the school system’s backpacking program – the recipients of all proceeds from this annual event.
The Backpack program — funded entirely by community donations — helps students with unmet needs they may have: clothing, shoes, school supplies, food, and more.
Registration takes place outside Social Brew, where pre-registered racers can pick up their T-shirt and goodie bag and other racers can sign up. T-shirts are available while supplies last.
Registration starts at 6:00 PM. The cost is $35 per night of the race.
The vendors below have shared their information with the Chronicle:
Cumberland County Courthouse
2 N. Main Street.
The United Fund
Kick-off campaign 2022
All roads lead to peace, love and the United Fund
Stop by the United Fund table to pick up a bag and information about some of the more than 30 organizations that partner with the United Fund each year.
Kids – try out the bouncy castle
Court-appointed special lawyers
Coloring pages for the kids
Christian Counseling Center
Sign up for a giveaway for Thirty-One lunch bags
Crab Orchard Care Center
Weekend backpacks with kid-friendly food
Teachers — sign up for a giveaway
Crossville Housing Authority
Freshly popped popcorn
Cumberland Adult Literacy Council
Cumberland County Rescue Squad
They sell home markers and share information about their services
See their vehicles on display
Cumberland Prevention Coalition
Come by for some school supplies
Hilltoppers and the Cumberland County Arch
Play a game of Pick-Up Ducks or six pin bowling and win a prize
Cumberland County Hospice
Beat the heat with juice boxes. They will also have a photo booth with a VW bus where participants can take photos and cool stickers!
Find out how to get a free book delivered to your home every month until your child turns 5.
They have candy and water and information for drug awareness
LBJ&S Foster Grandparents and RSVP Programs
Throw a ring to win a prize
Roane State Food Pantry
Read more about registering for the fall semester and how the food bank is helping students
Play a game of Panko
Visually Impaired Support Group
Play the blindfold game
Vintage VW Bus
William and Michelle Woody will display their vintage VW bus
Fire truck on display from Marlow Farms
Also at the Courthouse
Petaholics Hotel & Grooming by Cheyanne
Pet treats and fur babies to love. Sign up for a giveaway.
Christy’s Pub Gruba
69 S. Main Street.
Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Program
Take your selfie in the photo booth
Stop by for back-to-school safety tips and campus safety, information about domestic violence and sexual assault.
140 N. Main Street.
School supplies for The Phoenix School
Music by The Cumberland Outlaws
YPA Dash in the Dark 5K
Sign up 6 p.m.
Race starts at 8 p.m.
Join the cornhole contest and buy treats for your fur baby. They will also have free back-to-school giveaways.
Boston and Poore . law firm
60 N. Main Street.
Cumberland County Schools
Come by for a free children’s book giveaway.
53 N. Main Street.
Frito Bandito and ice cold soda
Play a game of bowling with water bottles
Law Firm Holly Lee
53 N. Main Street.
Farm Insurance Agency
Enjoy a carnival game
Cumberland County Memorial Park
Main Street and Fourth St.
Snow in the mountains
Shaved ice treats
On Main St. side of park
Fourth street of the park
Highland Federal Bank
106 S. Main Street.
Scentsy with Mary Cress
Perfumed wax melts, warmers and air fresheners. Pull a pencil to win
Epicure with Bill Cress
Clean eating of spices and herbs
Dropping Plinko Disc
Corner of Main St. and Second St.
Bunz on the run
169 N. Main Street.
Mama’s Candle Shop
Hand poured candles, wax melts and car refreshments and room spray
138 N. Main Street.
Cheesecakes And More
Cheesecakes, cookies, banana bread and dog treats for sale. Face painting is offered and crayons, pencils and erasers are given away.
Chamber of Commerce
34 S. Main Street.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Ash + Co.
115 S. Main Street.
Hazel Grace Boutique
Boutique clothing and accessories for juniors and ladies. Enjoy a Draw-A-Duck game and win discounts at the booth.
5th St. and Main Street.
TAC mobile archery
Enjoy a carnival style archery game where you shoot foam filled arrows through a canvas target.
Mrs Cam .’s dance studio
56 S. Main Street.
Stone Memorial High School Cheer
Make sand art for $3 and support the high school cheer team
Convoy of Hope
Coming to the community complex on August 27, this event brings blessings to the community with food, hairstyles, community resources, shoes and more. Learn more about this event and how you can help.
Powers Law Firm
79 N. Main Street.
The Donut Cafe
64 S. Main Street.
Come by to make a craft project for kids. They will also be giving away school supplies.
97 N. Main Street.
Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
Learn more about career opportunities at the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
Coffee House Grinder House
73 N. Main Street.
Amanda Jo will perform live from 5pm to 7pm
No cover charge, but tips are welcome
Little Biz Staffing
Stop by for giveaway bags and a game. They will also have two major awards – one for a student and one for a Cumberland County Teacher.
They’ll have copies of the Cumberland County school supply lists.
The Main Street and various side streets will be closed on Friday at the Crossroads and the Dash in the Dark.
The following streets are affected:
Main Street, off Hwy. 70 to Neecham St.
Stanley St. from West Ave. to Webb Ave.
First St. of West Ave. to Webb Ave.
Second St. from East St. to West Ave.
Fourth St. of Thurman Ave. to West Ave.
Fifth St. from Main St. to West Ave.
Principal Ave. from Fifth St. to Stanley St.
Thurman Avenue at Fourth St.
The city’s street division of Crossville will begin closing roads around 3:45 PM and the roads will reopen after the race.
Motorists can use an alternate route such as West Ave. or Miller Ave., to avoid road closures.