Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza 2016
The Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza in Mount Vernon, Iowa will be on July 4, 2016.
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The open-air antiques market will feature 50-plus vendor booths, including the return of Gary and Sheri, the “Picking Preachers” of HGTV’s and DIY’s “West End Salvage,” who will be making their third trip to the antique festival. New this year will be a focus on vintage, architectural and agricultural salvage items, repurposed, industrial, primitive and retro pieces, as well as traditional collectibles and antiques.
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 antique vendor booths set up and down three blocks of Mount Vernon’s Uptown Business District.
The event 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.
“We are so pleased to welcome back Gary and Sheri, the “Picking Preachers,” to the July 4th Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza,” says event organizer Mary Evans. “Whether you’re a first-time collector or a seasoned picker, or just want to enjoy the small-town charm, this event is the perfect place to find those unusual, unique and 100 per cent authentic items,”
As always the event is free and open to the public with eight indoor antique stores, free parking and plenty of cool inside dining available.
About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group 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.
About Main Street
The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.