Photos by KEN BECK/ The Wilson PostBy BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post
Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale marks its 21 year this Saturday, and there are some new editions to the historic town Square to help celebrate the event.
There have been eight new businesses that have started in Watertown in the past six months, including two that will have their grand opening on Saturday in time to catch all of the yard sale patrons.
Jim Amero, who is the owner of Jim’s Antique’s and the coordinator of the Mile-Long Yard Sale, said that this is the largest event in the county second only to the fair.
“It’s great exposure for the City of Watertown,” Amero said.
This is the second of two yard sales each year. The first is in the spring and is sponsored by the Watertown/East Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, and the fall sale is put on by Historic Watertown.
The Mile-Long Yard Sale is actually around 2 miles long as it travels the length of West Main Street in Watertown and around the Square.
“I’ve got several new contributors and food vendors this year,” Amero said, “from all over the state. From Goodlettsville to Pelham to Carthage to Mt. Juliet.”
Some of the vendors and contributors include the Riverboat Café in Lebanon, Betsy’s Gift Shop in Pelham and Watertown’s own Stardust Drive-in concession stand.
Greer’s Alternative Livestock will have some of their camels to ride and pet and the Watertown Fire Department will have a fish fry.
Through the years, people who live near Watertown have begun to take advantage of people driving in to the Mile-Long Yard Sale and hold their own sales to draw some of the money away from the main event.
“It has happened and I’m sure it will happen this year,” Amero said, “but there is only one Mile-Long Yard Sale and it’s on Main Street. Do not be fooled.”
The yard sale will begin at 7 a.m. and will last until “whenever folks pack it up,” Amero said. The event is held rain or shine.
Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.