The Fall Festival is an event that takes place in October that allows Mountain T.O.P. to continue meeting the needs of the community and fostering the relationships built through 40 years of ministry. It enables Mountain T.O.P. to stay connected with the children and families we work with during the busy summer season that we would not see otherwise. The event is open to Grundy County residents for $1 per person or 1 canned good per person. This is our way of incorporating partnership with the community.
At the festival churches, individuals, businesses, and organizations come together to provide supplies, resources, and activities for those in attendance. Items such as books, toiletries, coats, shoes, socks, hat, gloves, and scarves are available for each individual to collect as they walk between booths set up all around the festival. In 2012, the first year of the festival, Mountain T.O.P. started partnership with Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit ministry that works to alleviate poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. That year Soles4Souls distributed 500 shoes. We have since continued to distribute the same amount of shoes with partnerships from local and nationwide churches who volunteer with Mountain T.O.P.
Along with supplies, volunteers do blood pressure readings and give out information on different health programs available to residents in Grundy County. While waiting to visit the different booths there are activities for the children to play such as: bounce houses, carnival games, relay races, and minute-to-win-it games and a sack lunch.
The Fall Festival is held at Camp Cumberland Pines located in Cumberland Heights between Coalmont and Altamont. The address is 480 Old Highway 56, Coalmont TN, 37313