For those who are into yard sales, another one is here already. The 28th annual Rollercoaster Yard Sale began Thursday, October 3 and will run through Saturday over a 150-mile area in two states, from Cave City, Kentucky through Tennessee, around Dale Hollow Lake and back to Glasgow, Kentucky.
The three-day grass roots extravaganza not only features yard sales along its way, but plenty of crafts, antiques, produce, southern foods, BBQ, entertainment, souvenirs, flea markets, parks and recreation areas, historic sites and more.
Although not as much traveled as the longest outdoor sale, the 127 Corridor Sale, there are always plenty of activity around the areas where the sale route leads, meaning extra traffic on the roadways this weekend. Much of the traffic will be around the Mountain View Park area north of Albany, where a few Rollercoaster vendors set up shop each year.
The primary vendor locations each year for the sale is downtown Albany, the park and around Cumberland Corner Mart.
Several cities along the route also plan special weekend events in conjunction with the Rollercoaster Yard Sale, including in Burkesville, where the Cumberland Cruise-In will be held Saturday at Alex Montgomery Chevrolet.
In cross-state Byrdstown, Tennessee, the annual Dale Hollow Bass Classic Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6; bluegrass music at the Dixie Cafe on Friday and Saturday nights and also a Kountry Kruisers Car Show on Saturday.
The Rollercoaster brochure, published annually, also lists 45 “sites of interest” around the sale route, including locally, the Clinton County Courthouse, Albany Shopping District, Champ Ferguson Marker, Mountain View Park and Hopkins School.
The sale was started in 1986 by Sarah Ann Bowers, who wanted to improve the Cordell Hull Highway and needed to prove the road was very well traveled. By 2001, over 140,000 visitors traveled the Rollercoaster Yard Sale route.
For more information about the sale, contact the Albany-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at 387-7044 or www.albanyclinton.com or go to the sale website at www.TheRollerCoasterYardSale.com.