Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

July 24, 2009

HGTV preparing to film 127 Yard Sale in Jamestown, Clarkrange

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the 127 Yard Sale, now stretching from the Ohio/Michigan border, all the way down to Gadsden, AL. HGTV will again be filming this year in the Jamestown and Clarkrange area.

The US 127 Corridor Sale started in 1987. Originally stretching for 450 miles, the sale route now covers 630 miles, from Defiance, OH, running South to Chattanooga, TN, then switching to the Lookout Mountain Parkway, continuing to Gadsden. The four-day sale always starts on the first Thursday in August, and this year’s sale runs from August 6-9. The sale is very popular, and visitors from several foreign countries have attended.

The original intent of the sale was to prove the back roads have something to offer, and that the interstate system was not the only mode for travel. County officials put together a list of attractions along the route in Kentucky and Tennessee. There are over three hundred attractions along the route to provide enjoyment for the family. Whether it is majestic hills, beautiful scenery, river boats, railroads, toe tapping music, arts, crafts, horses, fishing, hiking, bits of Civil War or Indian history, there are many opportunities to enjoy the beauty and culture of the land along the 127 Sale Route.

The Lookout Mountain Parkway Association asked to be included in the sale route a few years after the sale began. The Lookout Mountain Parkway leaves Chattanooga as Highway 58 and becomes several different highway numbers before reaching Gadsden. It is no longer US 127, but is the same great sale. This routing crosses the northwest corner of Georgia, going into Cloudland. This added another 100 miles to the already existing 350 miles, thus making it 450 miles — "The World's Longest Yard Sale."

The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown has served as headquarters for the 127 Corridor Sale since 1995. They are centrally located along the route. Fentress County can also claim the origin of the sale. Mike Walker, the county executive in 1987, came up with the idea of the sale, worked hard to make it happen, and planned for it to be an annual event.

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