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How did this festival come about?

Someone once told me to look for inspiration in unexpected places. At first, I wasn’t sure what that meant. I now understand.

When I attended the first ever Bigfoot conference in Gatlinburg 2019, I admit I only went out of curiosity. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Once I got there, I realized I shared a curiosity with a LOT of other people! When the director of the conference showed a map of where we were all from, I couldn’t believe how many were from Middle Tennessee!

And that got me to thinking…..

How cool would it have been if these folks could have stopped in Crossville for a Bigfoot Festival?!

I got to thinking about all the local businesses that would benefit. I thought about the charities we could raise money for. I thought about how nice it would be to have Crossville associated with a unique festival, rather than some of the other negative associations some folks have made over the years.

As planning commenced, I was at a meeting where community leaders were discussing ways to make locals and visitors aware of all the outdoor activities we have on the plateau. I immediately thought of Bigfoot! Who better to be an example of a good life outdoors? (ha)

So, the festival quickly evolved into an opportunity to raise money for local charities and a good opportunity to showcase the outdoor activities available on the plateau. It’s a win-win if I ever saw one! The most complicated question was which charity to support, with so many in our area.

The choice became simple. Give to the one organization that distributes money to more than two dozen charities! That one-stop-shop for charitable giving is our very own United Fund of Cumberland County. You know the best part? The money stays right here in our own wonderful community. Another win, for sure!

We are so very excited about this festival! It’s quirky. It’s cool. It’s fun. It’s for a good cause! I think we’ve earned a good time after the year we’ve had. We’re ready to have some fun around here and this festival can’t get here soon enough!

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