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Visit the Homestead Apple Festival on Saturday

One of the many things we love about the Cumberland Plateau is that we love to have a good festival! On Saturday, September 25th, you’ll be able to check out the Homestead Apple Festival! The weather is looking perfect and the apples are ripe and delicious! Check it out if you can! You’ll be glad you did!

And check out the Bigfoot Festival display while you’re there!

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A Few Rules

We’re working to finalize the vendor and food truck mapping of the Fairgrounds. That will be mapped out by the first of October. Stay tuned for that! We’ll make that map available for all.


Keep in mind that Bigfoot gets very anxious around pets, so please leave your pets at home the day of the festival. Bigfoot says, “Thank you for understanding.” He did say to pass along that service animals are welcome. He says they “shall pass through.” 🙂


Also, please leave the firearms at home, too. Nothing scares the Big Guy more than a firearm. We don’t want to spook him off!

There will be an office at each entry to make sure you are “Bigfoot compliant.” LOL Bigfoot has these rules and if we don’t respect them he’ll head for the hills! That would make for a Bigfoot Festival without a Bigfoot and that’s not good! 🙂

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The Voice of The Festival

We are so proud to have WECO be the voice of the Bigfoot Festival! Be sure and tune in to 101.3FM the morning of the festival for some interesting information about the festival, as well as updates on parking and more. Lisa will be sharing all kinds of good information for you to know about! So, be ready to set that dial to 101.3. You’ll be glad you did!

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An Exciting Weekend in Crossville!

There are two awesome festivals taking place on the plateau the weekend of the 15th-16th of October! The Bigfoot Festival is taking place at the Fairgrounds. Oktoberfest will be taking place at the Knights of Columbus. Oktoberfest is happening on Friday & Saturday. The Bigfoot Festival is a one-day event on Saturday the 16th.

For more information on Oktoberfest, please see https://crossvilleoktoberfest.com/!

So, get ready to have a LOT of fun that weekend, whether it be at Oktoberfest, the Bigfoot Festival, or BOTH!

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Covid Statement

We have more than 100 vendors lined up for the first Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival! Not one of them has expressed any desire for us to cancel or postpone the festival.

We agree.

While covid numbers are certainly high these days, our hope is that numbers will look much better by the middle of October. We will continue to monitor things closely, but we currently have no plans to either cancel or postpone this incredible festival. Our hearts certainly go out to all those battling this awful virus, including our own committee member, Kendra. Please keep her close to your hearts and in your prayers and she recovers.

We will not be mandating masks, but if you feel more comfortable wearing one, please do! Also, the festival is outdoors, and even the CDC advices that outdoor events are far safer than indoor. We will have hand sanitizers available and we encourage our vendors to have that available, as well.

You all take care and stay healthy! Remember, Bigfoot is the ULTIMATE social distancing champion. Let’s be like Bigfoot.

We’ll see you all in October!

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Look for us at the Fair!

Look for us at the Cumberland County Fair next week! Just look for the Bigfoot booth. We’ll have merchandise (while supplies last!) and flyers to announce our festival. Stop by and stock up on Bigfoot Festival gear! We can’t wait to see you!

Also, look for our exhibit in the Exhibit Hall! We’ve worked hard to make quite the exhibit for the festival and the organization it benefits, the United Fund of Cumberland County. Check it all out at the Fair!

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Attention Vendors

Many of you vendors have received this email. Vendors will simply fill in by zones that are assigned to you. We will have all that clearly marked out for you the day you arrive and you will receive an email (if you haven’t already) that tells you what zone you are in. I’ll have more info on that as we get closer to the festival. 

We are so very excited about this unique and fun festival and we hope you are too! We continue to plan for around 20,000 festival-goers! What a day this will be! 

The Fairgrounds will open up on Friday, October 15 for you all to set up. That will become available after 9:00 a.m. and will continue until dark. Several of us will be on hand to assist you. We strongly encourage you to set up on Friday.  We have hired a security firm to guard the grounds all night, so your items should be safe and sound. 

Keep in mind that this is all outdoors. Due to covid, we feel it’s best that we keep as much of this festival outdoors as possible. We want all these folks coming to feel safe. 

We only provide a 10×10 grassy spot, next to a gravel walkway, and 20,000 festival-goers. We will have water and snacks for you on Friday and anything else you might need. I’ll also make sure we have sunscreen, bug spray, and sanitizer. Please let me know if you might need anything else. 

We ask that you not bring generators. Those tend to be so loud and obnoxious. If you absolutely need power, I might be able to help you out with that. Just let me know. 

We appreciate each and every one of you. You will have first priority for next year’s festival.  We have a feeling this is going to be the biggest festival in the Upper Cumberlands, not only this year, but for many years to come!

We are working closely with county fire and police, city fire and police, the rescue squad, and other planners to make sure this festival runs smoothly. I also have a stellar committee that is working so very hard. Rest assured that we are taking every precaution to keep everyone safe and to make sure folks have a good time! 

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Vendor Note. Please read.

The vendor fee is only $50 per 10×10 spot. To apply for a vendor spot, send a brief description of what you would like to offer at the festival to ucbigfoot@gmail.com.

Please note that vendor sites are outdoors. Therefore, you will likely need a canopy for shade or protection from any precip that might fall (fingers crossed for a rain-free day!). We only provide a 10×10 spot. You will need to bring tables, chairs, canopy, and whatever else you need.

Items that are Bigfoot-themed are highly recommended but not required. People are coming for a Bigfoot festival and they’ll be looking for Bigfoot items to take home!

The use of generators is prohibited. If you need power there is some power available that we can work out for you. Let us know if you will be needing that kind of service.

The Fairgrounds will be open for vendors to set up on the Friday before the event on Saturday. Please take advantage of that! We have hired a security firm to guard your belongings Friday night. Again, Friday is only for vendors to get set up.

Please let us know if you have any questions! We appreciate each and every one of you!

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Sponsorship Opportunity!

Become a Bigfoot festival sponsor today! Your contribution goes toward operating costs of the festival. Keep in mind that this festival benefits United Fund of Cumberland County, which helps over three dozen non-profits here in Cumberland County. Your contribution goes toward a family-friendly festival that is sure to create unforgettable good family memories, all the while benefiting dozens of non-profits that improve all of our lives here on the plateau! For more information, or to become a sponsor, please contact Mark at ucbigfoot@gmail.com. Thank you!

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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!