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) will take place Thursday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
The event has taken place in some form or another, under various names, for 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. Musicians scheduled to perform outside on the street will be James Kennedy and Friends and The Waubeek Trackers.
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.
New this year will be the first-ever Nitty Gritty photo contest open to photographers of all ages.
The 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 official 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 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.
“This festival keeps expanding every year and offers a great mix of street food, restaurants, shopping, live music and assorted treasures,” said event organizer Gretchen Reeh-Robinson. “This is the place to find plenty of those one-of-a-kind vintage, agricultural, repurposed, industrial, primitive and retro pieces, as well as traditional collectibles and antiques.”
More information, including registration forms, is available at www.visitmvl.com/nittygritty
The antique vendor applications are available here:
If you are a first-time antique dealer at this event, we would prefer you fill out a New Vendor App here:
The food vendor applications are available here:
A photo contest application is available here: