4th of July Nitty Gritty prepares for record crowds

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. 

“We are on track to welcome another record crowd for our annual Nitty Gritty antique festival” said Nitty Gritty Volunteer Chair Karrie Clark. “We have expanded the festival area to include space in front of the First Street Community Center, 211 1st St. NE, and are preparing for larger crowds.”

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 visitmvl.com/nittygritty

The antique vendor application is available here

The food vendor application is available here


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