This Friday First Street in LaFollette will be closed down for a jubilee.

The Jubilee Fall Festival is the idea of the Campbell County Kingdom Connection (CCKC).

CCKC, a non- profit, volunteer organization in the county, is hosting the event in hopes of bringing the community’s resources together. “We will have many of the groups that help members of our community with us as vendors,” said Stacy Bosch, vice-chair of the organization.

“A few months ago Mitch Loomis, who works for the economic development board, noticed he was seeing multiple local agencies and organizations competing for the same grants,” Bosch said. “He took action and called some of the main entities he was seeing applying for these grants.  There were a couple of churches, businesses, and organizations. Mitch suggested we put together a “governing” body for the purpose of helping organize available and needed resources.”

And with that the CCKC was born.

“He had such a clear vision,” she said.

On Friday, CCKC will ask the community to join them in a free meal, concert and testimony.

Beginning at 6 pm, First Street will be closed to traffic and opened for celebration. Until 9:30 pm, people can enjoy a free meal, visit the booths of area service organizations and be inspired by the guest speakers, according to Bosch. The night will close with a fireworks display.

“We will also have a big announcement relating to the youth of our community,” Bosch added about the evening.

Bosch, a leader in the Celebrate Recovery (CR) movement in Campbell County, said, September is Recovery Month. It’s a month that is celebrated as a way for people to acknowledge their victory in personal battles. In years past, the local CR has held a celebration to acknowledge the meaning of the month.

However, this year, it will be combined with the jubilee.

“It was laid on my heart this year to make it bigger than CR,” Bosch said.

With the help of the CCKC, that is happening.

Not only will the local gospel group the Birdsongs perform on Friday, Scott Smith, a native Campbell Countian will be the keynote speaker. Smith is a former law enforcement officer who faced addiction. Now, he ministers to others in hopes of helping them in their recoveries. On Friday, his book, ‘Dying to Live’ will be on sale for $15. It is the first time, the book will be available for purchase.

The CCKC is also working to produce a website that will list resources along with details such as, contact information and the needs it serves, Bosch said. “This will allow those who have a desire to help in some way, whether it be an individual, organization, agency, church or business, to see if a particular need is already being met.  Then they can join those already at work, or choose a different direction.  It will also be a resource in itself where anyone needing help can look for the resources they need,” she said.

To be a part of the jubilee or to reserve a spot, connect with the CCKC Facebook page.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/20/2018-6AM)