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07/21/2013 – A Getaway Filled with Yard Sales and UFOs

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Fort Payne, Ala. – A typical visit in August to the Lookout Mountain area in northeastern Alabama includes a yard sale of epic proportions and sightings of flying objects. A once-a-year, 600-mile shopping trip brings thousands of bargain hunters and treasure seekers to DeKalb County for a shop ‘til you drop experience the first weekend in August, and the last Saturday offers a day of free family fun as the town of Fyffe comes together for its annual Fyffe UFO Day Festival.

The 27th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale is set for August 1-4, 2013, and along with shopping, treasure hunting, and bargaining, there is plenty of sightseeing to do on the stretch that travels along the Lookout Mountain Parkway through DeKalb County and into Chattanooga, Tenn.

Created to get travelers off of the interstate and into towns and communities located off the beaten path, the World’s Longest Yard Sale takes visitors on a shopping excursion through some of the country’s most scenic areas. The 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway has been touted as a “Must See” by Reader’s Digest, the National Geographic, and Southern Living magazines, providing a beautiful backdrop to the thousands of road-side sales. Along with four days of shopping, a world of nature and a variety of restaurants and lodging surround visitors offering family-friendly fun that is easy on the wallet.

The 675-mile journey travels from Gadsden along the Lookout Mountain Parkway through DeKalb County to Chattanooga and follows Highway 127 all the way into Hudson, Mich. Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to local fresh produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found. It is estimated to be more than 1000 vendors in Alabama alone. Vendors are typically active by 8 a.m. and operate until late in the evening each day of the event.

T-shirts featuring the yard sale’s tag line “I Drove, I Stopped, I Shopped ‘till I Dropped!” will be available to purchase for $12 each at the DeKalb Tourism office or at various yard sale locations in Mentone. Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

Admission is free. For lodging information, directions, road closures, and more information, visit www.ShopLookoutMountain.com or call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740.

In 1989, numerous sightings of unidentified flying objects throughout Fyffe led the small community to be known as the UFO Capital of the World, and later to be recognized by the state as the UFO Capital of Alabama. As a tribute, the community with a population of about a 1,000 residents comes together to host the Fyffe UFO Day Festival. Now in its ninth year, the Fyffe UFO Day Festival is an Unforgettable Family Outing celebration where the only flying objects spotted over Sand Mountain are colorful hot-air balloons.

Set for August 24, 2013, the day-long event kicks off at 10 a.m. and offers plenty of colorful, giant balloons, arts and crafts, games for children, anfyffeufodays antique car and tractor show, an assortment of food vendors, and live music throughout the day. Fifteen groups are slated to perform at this year’s festival and they include The Sharps, Michelle Norwood, The Sextons, Willie Underwood, Danny Lee, Stereo Revival, Still kickiN’, Jeff Martin and Caleb Chisenhall, Payton Sells, Pickett’s Charge (also known as Fyffe FFA String Band), Thru the Roof – Heil Band, Falter, David Holland of Smokin’ Gun, the Bert David Newton Band, and headliner The Big Band which includes some members of the former Southern Flight Band.

Hot-air balloon rides across the Sand Mountain area are available, weather permitting, by advance reservation only. For more information, visit www.ballooningal.com or contact Jeff Maddox at rides@ballooningal.com or send a text to 256.653.7371.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Fyffe Town Park on Graves Street. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

For more information on either event, call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit www.DiscoverLookoutMountain.com.

About DeKalb Tourism

DeKalb Tourism is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in DeKalb County. Our mission includes to provide outstanding customer service to all guests; to provide complete and detailed information about DeKalb County, its history and attractions; to leave visitors with a positive experience; to develop strong positive long term relationships with the people and businesses of our communities; and to be a leader in the education and promotion of our county, locally, nationwide and internationally.

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Written by 49 County News.Net

July 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

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