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Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty 2020

July 4 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The annual Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty (formerly known as the 4th of July Antiques Extravaganza) is an open-air show located in “Uptown” Mount Vernon, Iowa each July 4.  In addition to the vendor booths, antique shops, specialty

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The open-air antiques market will feature over 70 vendor booths. More than 8,000 visitors are expected for this 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. 

A new shuttle service in partnership with the Mount Vernon Community School District will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 4th of July. Festival attendees can pick up the free shuttle to festival grounds at both the Elementary School (615 5th Avenue) and Middle School (525 Palisades Road SW) Parking Lots throughout the day.

Live music performances will be scheduled during the event.nitty gritty 2018 photo cropped

The event is now known as the Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. There is a focus on vintage, agricultural, repurposed, industrial, primitive, and retro pieces, as well as traditional collectibles and antiques.

Nitty Gritty 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.

As always the event is free and open to the public with indoor antique stores, free parking, and plenty of cool inside dining available.

The event will take place Saturday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.


July 4
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Joe Jennison
(319) 210-9935


Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa
1st Street and Iowa 1
Mount Vernon, IA 52314 United States
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