4th of July Nitty Gritty cancelled

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that its 4th of July Nitty Gritty (formerly known as the Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza) has been cancelled this year (2020) due to COVID-19.


The event has taken place in some form or another, under various names, for more than 30 years. The annual event continues to grow and attract more vendors and visitors. More than 8,000 visitors are expected for this year’s 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 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.

The 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.

More information, including registration forms, is available at www.visitmvl.com/nittygritty

The antique vendor applications are available here:

The food vendor applications are available here


Nitty Gritty 2 Items for sale and shoppers