Nitty Gritty adds photo contest for 2019

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) today announced that this year’s 4th of July Nitty Gritty (formerly known as the Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza) will include a photography contest open to photographers of all ages.

The Nitty Gritty Antiques Festival Promotional Photography juried contest will include financial prizes of $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd place. The winning photo(s) will be used in future ads, flyers or other promotional material for Mount Vernon and its festivals.

Photos must be taken on the day of the event, and all photographers are required to fill out the attached entry form and submit the form with any photos to be considered for the competition. Photographers can send as many photos as they like but must understand that any and/or all photos could be used to promote future events or festivals in Mount Vernon.

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

“This is a great opportunity for photographers of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the day while capturing the moment,” said Nitty Gritty Chair Gretchen Reeh-Robinson. “The committee wanted to add a photographic element to the festival because it is such an incredible visual experience.”


The open-air antiques market will feature 70-plus vendor booths. 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 70+ vendor booths set up and down the three blocks of Mount Vernon’s Uptown Business District.

Questions regarding the contest can be directed to Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 or through email at [email protected]

More info about the event including applications for vendor and food booths is available at

A photo contest application is available here:

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG)

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, is a 501c6 nonprofit with a mission “to promote and develop the business community, including but not limited to the Main Street District, and enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.” The CDG 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. In 2019, CDG and its 503 registered volunteers received the Spirit of Main Street Award from the Governor of Iowa.


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