Crossroads in Muscatine will hold its 4th annual fundraising carnival on September 30 starting at 11 a.m. Crossroads is a non-profit agency offering employment training, day habilitation, and community living assistance.

The Crossroads carnival features fun for all ages. According to said Supported Community Living Manager Tiffany Hood, the event will feature carnival games and prizes, inflatables from Muskie Jumps, and entertainment from QC Knockerball. Grillzilla and Moss Mobile will set up food and drinks.

“We will also have music, a bake sale, Bingo, and a silent auction featuring items from local businesses, autographed sports memorabilia, gift certificates for Riverside Casino, Niabi Zoo, Rockford Speedway, Iowa Children’s Museum, 4 One Day Hopper Passes to Disney World, and so much more!” Hood said. “We will also be having a dunk tank with familiar faces from Muscatine. Lastly, we always have a pie in the face contest! We have a couple staff members, a couple of our clients, and racecar driver ‘Stinky’ Troy Philpott will be lining up to see who gets a pie thrown in their face.”

The Crossroads carnival started four years ago when the management team was brainstorming fundraising ideas. Hood said, “It simply got started when the management team got a great idea to put on a fundraiser to help the community get to know Crossroads better and to help offset costs of the company needs. Someone said ‘let’s do a carnival’, and so we did!”

Hood said the carnival is mostly about everyone having a great time, but in addition, it’s an opportunity for the community to learn more about Crossroads and what they do. “Crossroads has been around for over 47 years, but there are many people who do not know who we are and what we do. This fundraising event has helped us strengthen our bond with the community,” said Hood.

The carnival is helpful to their non-profit in other ways. “Community awareness and involvement is very important. As a non-profit, we do rely on various funding sources. This includes donations and fundraising events. These profits help us to be able to continue providing the many services that we provide to our clients. It is also a great way to just have some fun with our clients, our employees, our families and everyone else in the community.”

Hood said they couldn’t put on this event without the hard work of the Crossroads staff and volunteers and their sponsors: Kent Corporation, Stanley Consultants, Beckey Insurance, CBI, Community Bank, Allsteel, Hy-Vee 2nd Ave, Trucks Unlimited, First National Bank, Unity Point Health Trinity Muscatine, HNI, Casey’s General Store, Musco Lighting, Best Western Pearl City Inn, and Voice of Muscatine.

Admission to the event is free, but they will be selling tickets for many of the activities and some activities will require cash. To learn more about Crossroads and the carnival, visit their website at crossroadsmuscatine.org or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/crossroadsmuscatine.