By CALVIN PYNN
WYTHEVILLE – This weekend, residents living along a 70-mile stretch of highway in western North Carolina and Virginia will be given a unique opportunity to participate in a multistate yard sale.
The inaugural event, which was organized by over a dozen tourism leaders from the Old Dominion and Tar Heel State, is being dubbed, “The US-21 Road Market Sale.”
According to Wythe County spokesperson Jeremy Farley, the joint yard sale is slated to take place along U.S. Route 21, beginning in Jonesville, North Carolina, and continue north to Wytheville. The event is expected to kick start a series of multistate initiatives, all aimed at promoting tourism on both sides of the border.
Organizers say the public’s response to the road market sale has been nothing short of remarkable. Tourism leaders in Virginia say the event has the potential to bring an incredible number of additional travelers into communities along the historic route, many of which are in the throes of revitalization.
Mary Jo Babbitt, the Town of Wytheville’s tourism development coordinator, praised the level of cross-jurisdiction cooperation required in getting such an idea up and running.
“This event just proves that when you work together, you succeed,” said Babbitt.
In total, the three-day sale, which begins Friday and lasts through Sunday, will wind through four North Carolina counties prior to reaching the Virginia state line, just south of the New River.
Once in Virginia, the road market event will pass through another four localities, reaching its end on the streets of downtown Wytheville.
Planners say the event is the product of the multistate program known as “Take a Break from the Interstate,” a tourism committee comprised of local leaders who desire to see more travelers explore the two states’ back roads.