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
Teachers – sign up for a giveaway
Crossville Housing Authority
Freshly popped popcorn
Cumberland Adult Literacy Council
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!
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
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.
140 Main Street N.
Collecting school supplies for The Phoenix School
Cumberland Outlaws Music
YPA Dash in the dark 5K
Registration 6 p.m.
The race starts at 8 p.m.
Lumpia de Grace
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.
Frito Bandito and iced soda
Play a game of bottled water bowling
Holly Lee Law Firm
53 N.Main St.
Agricultural office insurance
Enjoy a carnival game
Cumberland County Memorial Park
Main St. and Fourth St.
Shaved Ice Treats
On the Main Street side of the park
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
Corner of Main St. and Second St.
Bunz on the run
169 Main Street N.
Mom’s candle shop
Hand poured candles, melted waxes, car perfumes and room spray
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.
Chamber of Commerce
34 Main Street S.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Ash + Co.
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.
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.
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.