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Olde Towne Market to bring festival feel to Jefferson May 18

The Olde Towne Business Association has a goal to promote Jefferson. The association’s upcoming event will be held on the lawn of the Museum of Ashe County History, seen here.

Originally published: May. 2, 2013
Last modified: May. 2, 2013

Heather Samudio

The Olde Towne Business Association is continuing in its efforts to promote commerce and tourism in the town of Jefferson.

On Saturday, May 18, the association will host the inaugural Olde Towne Market with a variety of activities. The day’s activities will begin at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

OTBA president Stacy Maye said the association is working to celebrate Jefferson by showcasing antiques, collectibles, local businesses, nonprofits and the faith community.

The festivities will be featured around the town with the main vendors located on the grounds of the Museum of Ashe County History, located at 301 E. Main Street, and in the parking lot. Overflow will be on the street around and behind the museum.

“We already have 45 vendors signed up to participate,” Maye said.

South Street, just behind St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, will be closed on Saturday morning. Maye said South Street will be bargain alley for the day with a community yard sale.

There will be activities on both sides of Main Street in Jefferson and organizers plan to have assistance available with the cross walk.

There will be entertainment provided throughout the day with April’s School of Dance and a flash mob doing a dance around lunchtime.

Winners from the recent Ashe County Idol competition are also scheduled to perform.

The business association will sell barbecue chicken, snacks and biscuits, but that will be the extent of the food available on-site.

“We are going to keep the food offered at the market at a minimum because we want the local restaurants to get that business,” Maye said.

Some nonprofit groups have also been invited to set up at the event.

Face painting and several other activities will be available for children.

Set up will begin on Friday, May 17, but the market will not officially open until Saturday morning.

“Some bigger vendors will come in on the night before and set up, but yard sale vendors who will be part of bargain alley can begin setting up as early as 6 a.m.,” Maye said.

Individuals who are interested in being part of bargain alley can get a 12-foot-by-12-foot space for $10 or a double space for $20. Vendor spaces begin at $25 each.

For more information about participating at the market, call (336) 877-0578 or email (mayelegacy@gmail.com) For more information about the OTBA, visit http://www.oldetownejefferson.org.

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