World's Longest Yard Sale begins Thursday

World's Longest Yard Sale begins Thursday

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"Mike Walker, who was our county executive at the time, thought it would be a good way, a lot of local people did yard sales, he thought why not capitalize on that," said Fentress County Chamber of Commerce executive director Walter Page. "Mike Walker, who was our county executive at the time, thought it would be a good way, a lot of local people did yard sales, he thought why not capitalize on that," said Fentress County Chamber of Commerce executive director Walter Page.
Organizers say people from all around the country come to the yard sale. Organizers say people from all around the country come to the yard sale.
"It's just amazing," said Patricia Simmons. "The different things you see. The people are really nice." "It's just amazing," said Patricia Simmons. "The different things you see. The people are really nice."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

JAMESTOWN (WATE) - The World's Longest Yard Sale begins on Thursday, stretching 690 miles from Addison, Mich. to Gadsden, Ala. The sale runs through part of Tennessee, with its headquarters in Jamestown.

The 26th annual sale runs from August 1 through August 4 along U.S. Highway 127.

"Mike Walker, who was our county executive at the time, thought it would be a good way. A lot of local people did yard sales; he thought why not capitalize on that," said Fentress County Chamber of Commerce executive director Walter Page.

The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce has served as sale headquarters since 1995.

There are over 300 attractions along the route, including river boats, railroads, music, arts and crafts.

"Every year I love this," said Jamestown resident Libby Anderson. "I look forward to it. We start gathering up stuff, so we can come out here. We love the visiting."

Organizers say people from all around the country come to the yard sale.

Patricia Simmons, and her family, traveled 60 miles from Tazewell, Tenn. to come to the yard sale.

"It's just amazing," said Simmons. "The different things you see. The people are really nice."

Page says it is impossible for them to know how many people visit the yard sale in their county, but says he knows it has a huge impact on the local economy.

"We do know all the restaurants are filled," said Page. "All of our lodging facilities are filled. All along the route people are having hard time finding space now."

The yard sale does not come without its challenges. All the extra people on the two lane road can cause traffic jams. Organizers ask visitors to use caution and patience while driving through the area.

For more information regarding the World's Longest Yard Sale, visit the event website.

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