The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that the 4th of July Nitty Gritty (formerly known as the Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza) will take place Wednesday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
The event has undergone a redesign and name change and will be known from here on out as the Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. New this year will be a focus on vintage, agricultural, repurposed, industrial, primitive and retro pieces, as well as traditional collectibles and antiques.
More than 8,000 visitors are expected for the one-day-only outdoor sale. Mount Vernon’s historic First Street will be closed to traffic for the day, creating a Pedestrian Mall with an outdoor food court and vendor booths set up and down three blocks of Mount Vernon’s Uptown Business District.
The event remains popular with the antique-buying public because of its Uptown location on a hill that allows the festival to go on rain or shine. And the festival’s location right in front of Mount Vernon’s air-conditioned shops and restaurants, including multiple antique shops, offers a comfortable retreat from the outdoor, open-air festival.
A vendor application for the event is available here: