The 17th Annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival this weekend will feature antiques, music, and food, a press release said. The festival is Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14, in Clinton. It’s hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.
On Friday evening, October 13, from 6-9 p.m., there will be food vendors in the Hoskins/Lane Park, as well as a “Cruze-In” for muscle cars on Market Street. The antique shops, specialty shops, and eateries will be open late. This year’s entertainment will be provided by “The Tenos” playing in Hoskins/Lane Park from 7-9 p.m., the press release said.
“Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!” organizers said.
Admission and parking for the evening’s festivities are free. Cars that participate in the “Cruze-In” are asked to donate $10 to the Education Foundation for Clinton City and Anderson County Schools.
On Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 90 antique dealers and artisans will line the streets in the historic district for an old-time street festival, the press release said.
“Dealers from throughout the southeast will gather to provide shoppers and visitors a great selection of antiques and collectibles,” the release said. “Antique appraiser Joe Rosson will be on hand to appraise your treasures in the Clinton Antique Mall for $5 per item from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Joe Rosson is a well-known antique appraiser and has been featured on PBS programs such as ‘Treasures In Your Attic’ and ‘Antiques Roadshow.'”
Antique cars and trucks will be on display on Main Street, the press release said. There will be a variety of foods in the “Hoskins/Lane Park” food court with several new food vendors. A Kid’s Fun Area with a bounce house, face painters, and more will be available near the railroad tracks. Musical entertainment will be on the Hoskins/Lane Park stage all day beginning with The Beechfork Boys at 9 a.m., Jubal at 11 a.m., Handsome and the Humbles at 1 p.m., and Grassically Trained at 3 p.m. Folk dancing will be led and taught by Barbara and Paul Taylor of Oak Ridge at 10:30 a.m. in the “flat” on Market Street in front of the Hoskins/Lane Park. The annual re-enactment of the historic Burr-Hamilton duel will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the “flat.”
Back for the fourth year will be shuttle service to area parking lots on Saturday, the press release said. “No need to fight the traffic next to the festival,” the release said. The shuttle is free to ride to and from the event, and parking signs downtown will mark the lots where the shuttle will pick up visitors.
History will come to life through our annual re-enactment of the 1804 pistol duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the press release said. Burr, first term vice president of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, shot Hamilton, secretary of the treasury, in a duel fueled by years of animosity and personal tensions between the two political rivals.
“Learn what the significance of this duel between national leaders had on Clinton’s history and why a town once named Burrville changed its name to Clinton,” the press release said.
The re-enactors from the Anderson County Sons of the Revolution will also have a booth set up on Main Street to display their re-enactment items. There will also be a blacksmith, Christian Holbert, set up doing demonstrations and selling his metal work, the release said.
For more information on the 17th Annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival, contact the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce at (865) 457-2559 or visit www.clinchriverfallantiquefestival.com.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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