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Clinch River Fall Antique Festival this weekend

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 17th Annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival on October 13th & 14th in Historic Downtown Clinton.

On Friday evening, Oct. 13th from 6-9pm, there will be food vendors in the Hoskins/Lane Park, as well as a “Cruze-In” for muscle cars on Market Street sponsored by Fox Toyota, Ray Varner Ford and Rusty Wallace Chevrolet.

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. Opening for the early birds at 5:30 p.m. will be “Wheeler”, a local band out of Oliver Springs. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!

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 14th from 9a.m.-5p.m., over 90 antique dealers and artisans will line the streets in the historic district for an old-time street festival. Dealers from throughout the southeast will gather to provide shoppers and visitors a great selection of antiques and collectibles.

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.”

Beautiful antique cars and trucks will be on display on Main Street. There will be a delicious 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 and sponsored by City Lights Church. 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., and “Handsome and the Humbles” at 1 p.m. and “Grassically Trained” at 3 p.m. sponsored by Peoples Bank of the South, ORNL Federal Credit Union and SL Tennessee.

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. Our 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. No need to fight the traffic next to the festival.

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. There will also be a map printed in the Courier News and The Oak Ridger that shows where these parking areas are located. Shuttles are sponsored by Meadowview Senior Living and Butler Bus Lines.

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.

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 a blacksmith, Christian Holbert, set up doing demonstrations and selling his metal work.

Chamber President Rick Meredith announces, “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.

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 and Y-12 Federal Credit Union. Other sponsors include Promo Joe by Jessica, City of Clinton, Fox Toyota, Ray Varner Ford, Rusty Wallace Chevrolet, Peoples Bank of the South, WATE-TV, Clinton Antique Mall, Historic Clinton Antiques, Food City, Anderson Farmer’s Co-op and WalMart.

Clinton, Tennessee is located 5 miles west of Interstate 75 at Exit 122 on Hwy. 61, 15 minutes north of Knoxville, Tn. on Hwy. 25W, or 10 minutes east of Oak Ridge, Tn. on Hwy. 61.

For more information on the 17th Annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival, contact the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce @ 865-457-2559 or visit: