Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

June 17, 2007

127 Yard Sale set for Aug. 2-7

This year marks not only the 20th anniversary of the 127 Yard Sale, but also the extension of the sale by 180 miles. The sale will now stretch from the Ohio/Michigan border, all the way down to Gadsden, AL.

The US 127 Corridor Sale started in 1987. Originally stretching for 450 miles, this year marks the addition of 180 miles, and it now begins at Defiance, OH, and runs south to Chattanooga, TN, then switches to the Lookout Mountain Parkway, continuing to Gadsden, AL. The four-day sale is now ruled by the first Thursday in August, making dates for the 20th annual sale to be Aug. 2-7. The sale is very popular, and visitors from several foreign countries have attended.

Thousands of people participate in the sale each year as vendors. A front lawn may be turned into a showcase as items are displayed. Off road parking is essential, and many of the homes have this space. Visitors should honor requests of "No Parking" or "No Trespassing" posted by families not participating in the sale — cars can leave deep tire ruts on a soft lawn.

Please expect plenty of traffic. The pace may slow to that of snarled rush hour traffic. Do expect sudden stops to occur without warning, and drive carefully and defensively.

Some book motel rooms a year in advance. A few weeks prior to the sale date, most of the motel rooms are taken. Bed and breakfast type lodgings do a brisk business during this sale, with most any type of overnight lodging being filled each night. Southern hospitality has lead to couples being taken into private homes because nothing else was available.

For more information regarding the annual Hwy. 127 Corridor Sale, visit www.127sale.com. Brochures can be obtained by calling 1-800-327-3945; however, there is more information on the Web site than was able to put in the brochures.

For more information, contact the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1294, Jamestown, TN 38556; tel: 800-327-3945; Fax: (931) 879-6767.



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