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Antiques Extravaganza held uptown Friday
July 03, 2014

Mount Vernon hosts the sixth annual Lincoln Highway Antiques Extravaganza on Independence Day this Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

  The open-air antiques market will feature 50-plus vendor booths, including featured vendors Gary Smith and Sheri Locke, the "Picking Preachers" of HGTV's and DIY's "West End Salvage."

  More than 5,000 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 booths 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 eight antique shops, offers a comfortable retreat from the outdoor, open-air festival.

  "Please plan to join us in Mount Vernon on July 4th to find those unusual, unique and 100 percent authentic antique items," says event organizer Alice Schumacher from Alice's Wonderland. "Whether you're a first-time collector or a seasoned picker, or just want to enjoy the small-town charm, this event is for you."

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