The Clinch River Fall Antiques Festival, which started Friday, continues Saturday in historic downtown Clinton. It’s hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.
The Friday events included food vendors, entertainment, and a “Cruze-In” for muscle cars on Market Street sponsored by Fox Toyota, and the antique shops, specialty shops, and eateries were open late. There was also a reverse raffle for the Education Foundation for Clinton City and Anderson County Schools.
On Saturday, October 8, more than 90 antique dealers and artisans will line the streets in the historic district for an old-time street festival. It’s scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
“Dealers from throughout the Southeast will gather to provide shoppers and visitors a great selection of antiques and collectibles,” the press 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. Rosson is a well-known antique appraiser and has been featured on PBS programs such as “Treasure’s In Your Attic” and “Antiques Roadshow,” the press release said.
Beautiful antique cars and trucks will be on display on Main Street, the release said. There will be a delicious variety of foods in two food courts and a new Kid’s Fun Area with a bounce house, face painters, and more. Musical entertainment will be on the Hoskins Park stage all day beginning with Quinn Erwin at 9 a.m., The Walker Boys at 11 a.m., and the Pale Root band at 1 p.m. and “The Unnamed Band” at 3 p.m., sponsored by Peoples Bank of the South and Y-12 Federal Credit Union. A re-enactment of the historic Burr-Hamilton duel is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. in the “flat” on Market Street in front of the Hoskins/Lane Park.
Back for the third year will be shuttles to area parking lots on Saturday.
“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. Shuttles are sponsored by Clinton Drug Store.
History will come to life through our annual re-enactment of the 1804 pistol duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. 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, the press release said. 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 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 an encampment set up by the Sons of the Confederacy to show history enthusiasts what a Civil War camp would have looked like.
“The Anderson County of Commerce is pleased to present a festival that attracts local, out of town, and out of state visitors to our area,” Chamber President Rick Meredith said. “This festival supports local businesses, boosts our local economy, and encourages visitors to return to the area.”
The event is being sponsored by SunTrust Bank, Methodist Medical Center, Promo Joe by Jessica, City of Clinton, Clinton Drug Store, Fox Toyota, Peoples Bank of the South, WATE-TV, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Allee Antiques, Clinton Antique Mall, Historic Clinton Antiques, Food City, and Wal-Mart.
Clinton, Tennessee, is located five miles west of Interstate 75 at Exit 122 on Highway 61, 15 minutes north of Knoxville, on Highway 25W, or 10 minutes east of Oak Ridge on Highway 61. For more information on the 15th Annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival, contact the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce at (865) 457-2559 or visit www.clinchriverfallantiquefestival.com.
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