Cautious planning underway for 4th of July Nitty Gritty

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that planning is underway for its 4th of July Nitty Gritty (formerly known as the Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza).

The event will take place Sunday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa, and features repurposed, vintage, industrial, primitive, architectural salvage and antiques. A dealer preview will take place Saturday, July 3, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, the first time the event has been cancelled in more than 30 years. 

“Of course, we have no idea what the future will bring,” said Nitty Gritty Volunteer Chair Karrie Clark. “The committee will always exercise caution first, and obey all City, County, State and Federal guidelines, but events such as this take months to prepare. We hope to have a festival, and we encourage both vendors and festival-goers to return to this site often for the most up-to-date information.”

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 is available at

The antique vendor application is available here

The food vendor application is available here


Nitty Gritty 2 Items for sale and shoppers