Three-day road market starts Friday

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

Bargains, deals, antiques, collectibles, yard sale items, and more will bring large numbers of travelers to the area this weekend for the annual Take a Break from the Interstates three-day road market sale. The event promotes the historic U.S. 21 route from Wytheville, Virginia, to Harmony, North Carolina, including the local area.

This is the fourth year for the 100-mile road market event, which was founded by Don Miles, a Sparta businessman, who said the goal of the Friday-through-Sunday sale is two-fold. “Not only is the road market directly responsible for thousands of monetary transactions, but it also gives the towns and residents along the route a sense of community,” he said.

In addition to stopping at hundreds of individual yard sales, organizers hope that travelers will find areas such as State Road, downtown Elkin, Hamptonville and Jonesville, where vendors will be set up in business and church parking lots.

While they are shopping the route, many of the travelers will be purchasing gas, food and staying at area hotels, with Elkin and Jonesville featuring the largest concentration of lodging options for the mid- to southern portion of the road market, they say.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to show our regional hospitality along the way, and to encourage them to return again soon,” noted a press release on the event.

In addition to the yard sales and road market, other areas feature community festivals as part of the three-day, seven-county, multi-town road market.

Prior to the construction of interstates such as I-77, U.S. 21 was the main thoroughfare for travelers from the Great Lakes region to Florida and was known as the Lakes to Florida Highway.

Elkin Main Street and Community Manager Laura Gaylord said the town is ready for its out-of-town visitors, providing a number of activities for them over the weekend as they take a break from shopping.

On Saturday morning, the farmers market at the corner of North Bridge and Market streets will remain open longer than its typical 9 a.m. to noon schedule. From 4 to 8 p.m. will be the monthly downtown Cruise! Elkin event on Main Street.

Other activities include live music featuring Seth Walker and the Reeves House Band at the Reeves Theater Friday night and Memphis Thunder and Taylor Vaden Saturday night. Diana’s Books and More on West Main Street will lead ghost tours around downtown beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on the Take a Break from the Interstates road market, visit

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

Event about more than simple sales

By Wendy Byerly Wood