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Thank You!

Thank you to all who came out for our third annual Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival benefiting veterans! We thank our sponsors, vendors, Mountain Monsters, Cliff Barackman, and ALL those who volunteered or helped out in any way. I want to thank the Cumberland County Rescue Squad for assisting with parking and Blue Life Security for keeping us safe and secure.

I thank my committee, who worked tirelessly by my side to make sure this was a successful event.

Finally, we thank those who we ought to thank the most…the veterans. Thank you for your service!

We’ll see you all again on October 19, 2024!

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Kids’ Zone

The kids’ zone will be located near the main entrance of the festival inside the big building (used for exhibits during the Fair) and across from where our festival merchandise is being sold! Check it out for lil pumpkin decorating, Bigfoot bingo, Bigfoot story time and MORE! The kids zone is free and your kids are sure to have a great time!

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Supporting our Cause

Meeting the needs of our local veterans is something that should resonate with all of us. The world makes it clearer by the day that the survival of our freedom depends on our men and women in uniform…fighting that daily fight around the world to keep the bad guys down. When our veterans have a need they can’t afford, we can step up and take care of it. It’s an honor to do so.

If you can’t be at the festival and you still want to support our cause, please donate via PayPal at and specify “veteran donation.” That money will go to help a veteran in need either through Creative Compassion or the Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council.

You may also mail a check to Creative Compassion, 20 Penny Lane, Crossville, TN, 38555. Specify “veteran donation.”

Thank you so much!

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Thank you, StoneCom!

We appreciate Stonecom radio’s support for our festival and for their love of our community! They ran a series of free public service announcements for our festival and we appreciate that so very much! Look for them at the festival as they broadcast from the scene! Be sure and thank them for their support of this amazing festival!

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Mullet Contest

There is still time to enter the 2nd Annual Upper Cumberland Mullet Contest! 🌟 Visit the link below that will direct you to our event page! 👇🏻[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A647185270710059%7D%7D]%22%7D

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Article in August Crossville Chronicle

Bigfoot Festival 2021.

Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival founder and organizer Mark Baldwin is beyond excited about the third
annual event, not only to have a great time and spend the day with the community, but to help local veterans
who need assistance.

“Getting bigger and better,” Baldwin said of the vendors and other new things organizers have worked on to
incorporate into the festival. “It’s different this year.”

An estimated 8,000 people attended the first two Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival events.
One of the things that Baldwin thought was different was the energy and the buzz indicative of a community
ready for the third annual festival.

“This year, both in myself and the community, I feel like there’s more excitement,” Baldwin said.
Having no prior experience, he continued, “This is the first time we’ve really been able to really get excited.
Now, we feel like we’ve got this, because none of us had ever planned a festival before.”

But now they are on a roll in a very big(foot) way.

Another new change includes turning over the 5K event to the willing and capable hands of Cumberland
County 4-H. The reprised event – now the Bigfoot 4-H 4K Fun Run will directly benefit Cumberland County

“So, that will be for a good cause,” Baldwin added. The Bigfoot 4-H 4K Fun Run will be held at the
Cumberland County Community Complex on Oct. 13.

Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. and the race starts at 6. The entry fee is $30. All proceeds from the fun run will benefit
Cumberland County 4-H. Visit to register!

For the second year, Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union has offered its support as the main sponsor in
hopes that the festival fundraiser will be able to help even more veterans through Creative Compassion Inc.’s
veteran assistance program and Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council.

Left to right: Mark Baldwin, Bigfoot Festival founder, David Robbins, Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union, and Jack Fogel, Upper Cumberland Veteran’s Assistance Council.

“It’s all going to the veterans,” Baldwin said.

“That’s what I love about the Bigfoot Festival. It not only benefits these nonprofits, it makes people aware of

The Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council is a nonprofit charitable organization made up of all of
the Cumberland County veterans organizations, including American Legion Posts, the Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America, Vietnam War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Disabled American Veterans and Korean War Veterans to assist veterans with utility bills, grocery or other needs.

“It’s amazing what we have going on in our community,” said Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council
Director Jack Fogel. “Just so many positive things.”

All of the CCVAC staff members are non-paid volunteers. Veterans in need can access the CCVAC through the
Veterans Service Office at 931-456-0090, Monday- Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Creative Compassion Inc. offers solutions for low-income families looking to construct a new home, for help
paying for home repairs, to be approved for safe mortgage financing, which they can use to build a home
through Creative Compassion Inc. or buy a home through a real-estate agency of their choice and anyone facing
financial hardship who needs help paying their utility, rent, and/or mortgage with available payment assistance.
Festival proceeds given to Creative Compassion Inc. will go toward helping veterans with housing and repairs
through their service solutions.

“It’s the Bigfoot Festival, but it’s what we’re doing in the community to help our veterans,” said Upper
Cumberland Federal Credit Union Vice President of Financial Services and Business Development David
Robbins. “That’s the headline for me is what we’re doing there and the Bigfoot Festival is the vehicle.”

While Bigfoot fans and cynics have come out in droves to congregate at the Cumberland County Community
Complex for the past two festivals, Baldwin, Robbins and Fogel believe that the supporters of veterans in the
community will also show up in a big way.

“When you attach that funding to local charities, then it makes a difference and people will come and support
those charities,” Robbins said.

The Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival is set for Oct. 21, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cumberland County
Community Complex, 1398 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. Admission is $5 (cash only), and parking is free.

By Rebekah Beeler | Features editor
Copyright (c)2023 Crossville Chronicle, Edition 8/22/2023

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The one-day festival will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9:00-5:00 at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds in Crossville, TN (1398 Livingston Rd.)

We have a “rain day” set aside for Sunday, October 22, if inclement weather causes us to postpone the Saturday festival.

We look forward to seeing you there!

To sign up to be a vendor, please visit

For a complete and up-to-date list of vendors, please visit

Let us know if you have any questions!