An annual event designed to spur retail activity in the U.S. 21 corridor from Harmony to Wytheville, Va., is July 26-28.

Take a Break from the Interstate features sidewalk sales, yard sales/flea markets, local arts and crafts, food offerings and community events in towns and communities along this 100-plus-mile, two-state stretch of U.S. 21, which was among the nation’s major north-south highways before Interstate 77 was constructed.

The Wilkes Chamber of Commerce joins the Town of Elkin, Jonesville Welcome Center, Alleghany Chamber of Commerce, Town of Harmony, Grayson County Tourism Development, Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Wythe County Tourism as a partnering sponsor of Take a Break from the Interstate.

Sparta businessman Don Miles was the initial force behind the launch of Take a Break from the Interstate and still is among its primary promoters. Miles said that in addition to stimulating the economies of towns and communities within the targeted U.S. 21 corridor, it helps build a sense of community there.

Take a Break from the Interstate has received national attention.

In the immediate area, retailers and part-time vendors will be set up in downtown Elkin, State Road, at the Thurmond Community Center in Thurmond and at Roaring Gap. The Thurmond Community Center will also be selling breakfast and lunch food. Contact Kevin Cheek at 336-406-1414 for details about vendor space at the Thurmond Community Center and Wayne Miles at 336-572-2262 about setting up as a vendor in Roaring Gap.

To participate as a vendor in Elkin, contact Elkin Antiques and Collectibles at 336-526-3000 or Elk Emporium (elkemporium@gmail.com), both with free vendor spaces.

The Town of Elkin waives yard sale fees for the event. Take A Break from the Interstate signs can be picked up at Elkin Town Hall, Elkin Antiques and Collectibles Mall, Elk Emporium and at other locations.

Events in Elkin on July 27 will include the farmers market from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a cruise-in after 4 p.m. On July 28, “The Lion King” will be shown on an outdoor screen at the Foothill Arts Council at 8:30 p.m.

More details are available by calling 1-800-553-2322, visiting www.takeabreakfromtheinterstate.org or in Facebook at www.facebook.com/takeabreakfromtheinterstate.

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