Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty 2017
The annual 4th of July Antiques Extravaganza has changed its name to the Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. This open-air show is located “Uptown” on Main Street (1st St) each July 4, and is surrounded by antique shops, specialty shops and cafes.
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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 has undergone a redesign and name change and will be known from here on out as the Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. New this year will be a focus on vintage, agricultural, repurposed, industrial, primitive and retro pieces, as well as traditional collectibles and antiques.
BillyLee Janey and James & Catherine Kennedy are scheduled to perform outside on the street during the event.
“The antiques committee made a decision to include vintage, agricultural, repurposed, industrial, primitive and retro pieces this year along with antiques and it seems to have paid off,” said event organizer Mary Evans. “We expect to have more than 60 vendor booths, several of whom are first-time vendors to this event.”
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.
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.