Crossroads Partners with United Fund, YPA for Back to School Friday Edition | Lifestyles


Friday at the Crossroads has partnered with the United Fund of Cumberland County and the Young Professional Alliance for a fun back-to-school party in downtown Crossville.

The event is scheduled for Friday from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Crossville.

It is sponsored by Downtown Crossville Inc. and the United Fund of Cumberland County, which kicks off its 2022 fundraising campaign at the event.

The United Fund will be joined on the courthouse lawn with some of the more than 30 nonprofits United Fund works with each year.

They’ll have bouncing houses, 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 in Cumberland County.

Local businesses, nonprofits, clubs and more can be found throughout downtown, along with games, shopping, food and entertainment. Many will encourage donations of school supplies to help students return to class next week.

The Chop Shop at 296 West Ave. is also offering its annual back-to-school haircuts for free during the event. Haircuts are first come, first served, 4-8 p.m. They will also have backpacks full of school supplies. The event is for all school-aged children and is free to the community.

Stop by Social Brew for a pint and to drop off school supplies for Phoenix School. They need paper, pencils and binders. The school provides these essentials to their students. Drop off donations at Social Brew and they’ll deliver them to the school.

The Cumberland County school system will also be set up with a children’s book table. Stop and let your child choose a new book.

Don’t rush home at 8 p.m. — there’s more fun to be had for a good cause. The fifth annual YPA Dash in the Dark 5K and Fun Run starts at 8 p.m.

This course takes participants into the city center after the sun has set and the temperatures will hopefully drop a few degrees.

There will be prizes for the fastest runners in the general classification and the best runners in each age category. However, the real winners of Dash in the Dark are the children who benefit from the school system’s Backpack program – the beneficiary of all proceeds from this annual event.

The Backpack program, funded entirely by community donations, helps students with any unmet needs they may have: clothing, shoes, school supplies, food and more.

Registration will take place outside Social Brew where pre-registered runners can pick up their t-shirts and goody bags, and other runners can register. T-shirts will be available while supplies last.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. The fee is $35 the night of the race.

The vendors below shared their information with the Chronicle:

Cumberland County Courthouse

2 N. Main St.

The United Fund

Launch of the 2022 campaign

All Roads Lead to Peace, Love and 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 the bouncy house

Court-appointed special advocates

Coloring for kids

Christian Counseling Center

Sign up for a giveaway for Thirty-One lunch bags

Crab Orchard Care Center

Weekend backpacks with kid-friendly food

creative compassion

Teachers – sign up for a giveaway

Crossville Housing Authority

Freshly popped popcorn

Cumberland Adult Literacy Council

bouncing house

Cumberland County Rescue Squad

They will sell house markers and share information about their services

See their vehicles on display

Cumberland Prevention Coalition

Stop for some school supplies

Hilltoppers and the Cumberland County Arch

Play a game of Pick-Up Ducks or six-paddock 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 attendees can take groovy photos and stickers!

imaginative library

Find out how to get a free book delivered to your door every month until your child turns 5.

Ministries by invitation

They will have candies 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

Learn more about enrolling in the fall semester and how the pantry helps students

Stephens Center

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

Treats for pets and fur babies to love. Sign up for a giveaway.

Christy’s Pub Grub

69 Main Street S.

Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program

Take your selfie in the photo booth

Stop by for back-to-school and campus safety tips, information on domestic violence and sexual assault.

social infusion

140 Main Street N.

Collecting school supplies for The Phoenix School

8 p.m.

Cumberland Outlaws Music

YPA Dash in the dark 5K

Registration 6 p.m.

The race starts at 8 p.m.

Lumpia de Grace

catering stand


PJ’s grooming

Participate in the cornhole contest and collect treats for your furry baby. They will also have free back-to-school gifts.

Law Firm of Boston and Poore

60 Main Street N.

Cumberland County Schools

Stop by for a free giveaway of children’s books.


53 N.Main St.

Junior Jets

Frito Bandito and iced soda

Play a game of bottled water bowling

Holly Lee Law Firm

53 N.Main St.

Lee Henry

Agricultural office insurance

Enjoy a carnival game

Cumberland County Memorial Park

Main St. and Fourth St.

Mountain Snow

Shaved Ice Treats

On the Main Street side of the park

Bondi Bowls

food truck

Fourth street side of the park

Highland Federal Bank

106 Main Street S.

Scentsy with Mary Cress

Scented wax melters, warmers and air fresheners. Draw a pencil to win

Epicurus with Bill Cress

Clean spices and seasonings

Plinko disc drop

stone museum

Corner of Main St. and Second St.

Bunz on the run

food truck

Crossville Depot

169 Main Street N.

Mom’s candle shop

Hand poured candles, melted waxes, car perfumes and room spray

Hurricane cycles

138 Main Street N.

Cheesecakes and more

Cheesecakes, cookies, banana bread and dog treats for sale. Make-ups will be offered and they will give pencils, crayons and erasers.

Crossville-Cumberland County

Chamber of Commerce

34 Main Street S.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ash + Co.

Waffle iron

food truck

The real estate company

115 Main Street S.

Hazel Grace Store

Boutique clothing and accessories for juniors and women. Play a Draw-A-Duck game for a chance to win newsstand discounts.

5th St. and Main St.

TAC Mobile Archery

Enjoy a carnival-style archery game by shooting foam arrows through a web target.

Mrs. Cam’s Dance Studio

56 Main Street S.

Stone Memorial Middle School Cheer

Create sand art for $3 and support the college cheer squad

Convoy of Hope

Coming to the Community Complex on August 27, this event brings blessings to the community with food, haircuts, community resources, shoes and more. Find out about this event and how you can help.

Powers Law Firm

79 Main Street N.


The coffee donut

64 Main Street S.

Ways of Calvary

Stop by to create a kids craft project. They will also provide school supplies.

Mitchell Pharmacy

97 N.Main St.

Bledsoe County Correctional Complex

Learn more about career opportunities with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Grinder house cafe

73 N. Main St.

Amanda Jo will perform live from 5-7 p.m.

No cover charge, but tips are welcome

Small Business Staffing

Stop by for goody bags and a game. They will also have two grand prizes – one for a student and one for a teacher from Cumberland County.

They will have copies of Cumberland County school supply lists.

Main Street and several side streets will be closed on Friday at Crossroads and Dash in the Dark.

The following streets will be affected:

Main St., off the highway. 70 to Neecham St.

Stanley St. from West Ave. at Webb Ave.

First Street off West Ave. at Webb Ave.

Second St. from East St. to West Ave.

Fourth St. from Thurman Ave. at West Ave.

Fifth St. from Main St. to West Ave.

Rector Ave. from Fifth St. to Stanley St.

Thurman Avenue at Fourth St.

Division dr.

East Street.

The City of Crossville Street Department begins closing roads around 3:45 p.m. and roads will reopen when the race is over.

Motorists can use an alternate route, such as West Ave. or Miller Ave., to avoid road closures.


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