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McKenzie Sweet Tea and Southern Pickin’s Festival is Friday, Saturday

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McKenzie Sweet Tea Festival has a new emphasis on antiques and pickings this year.

The event begins Friday, September 24 with strolls through the antique and special interest shops of McKenzie Antique Mall, Merchants Outlet Mall, both on Highland Drive, and Jack Martin’s Jewelry in downtown McKenzie. The stroll is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Music by the Renaissance Bluegrass Band is 7 to 9 p.m. in downtown McKenzie.

Food trucks will be located along Banner Row and Broadway.

Saturday, September 25 will offer many items by pop-up vendors in downtown, on Cedar, Waldran, and at the McKenzie Antique Mall, Merchants Outlet Mall, and Jack Martin Jewelry.

The Farmers’ Market (loaded with crafts, produce, baked goods and plants) is hosting its Music & Mums event from 8 a.m. until NOON. Get ready for fall by purchasing fall mums and pumpkins. Drink complimentary sweet tea while checking out “the biggest sunflower” contest and shopping the farmers’ market.

The Farmers’ Market features live bluegrass music featuring Noah Smyth, 10-11 a.m. and at the Merchants Outlet Mall, 1-2 p.m.

Check out the inside/outside sidewalk sale at Magnolia Mercantile located at 17 Broadway.

Sweet Tea & Southern Pickin’s luncheon 12-1:30 p.m. with guest speaker Marty Marbry — “Booth Boutique” Marty talks about the joys and pitfalls of starting your own booth business, as she showcases a few easy decorating ideas for the holidays. $15 Advance tickets with limited seating can be purchased at McKenzie City Hall.

Performing music in the gazebo downtown featuring Tera Townsend, 1 to 2 p.m., and Chris McGuigan, 2-3 p.m.

Urban Trading located at 55 Broadway will have a vintage sidewalk sale throughout the day on Saturday. The store is hosting other events like the DIY fall door hanger. 10 a.m.-NOON. Limited seating, so purchase your $45 advance ticket early from the store. For additional information, call 731-352-7106.

Interested in the basics of chalk painting furniture? See the restoration techniques used from 2-3 p.m. at Urban Trading located at 55 Broadway. Limited seats, so purchase your $10 ticket early. For additional information, call 731-352-7106.

Ready for more music? Settle in to enjoy bands on stage located at 233 Broadway featuring The TOM band, 3-5 p.m.; Flashback 5-7 p.m.; and Hog Slop String Band 7-9 p.m.

Do-It-Yourself and Educational Events

“Booth Boutique — A Conversation with Marty” — Luncheon on Saturday. Marty Marbry, West Tennessee Tourism Director will discuss the joys and pitfalls of starting your own booth. She will share her learning experiences of going from one to multiple booths, how to be successful and increase your profits, in addition to showcasing holiday decorating tips and techniques.

Date: Saturday, September 25 • Time: NOON-1:30 p.m.

Place: McKenzie First United Methodist Church, 16 N. McTyiere St.

Cost: $15 • Deadline for reservations: Friday, September 17

Call McKenzie Chamber 731-352-2004 or City Hall 731-352-2292 for reservations.
COVID precautions are being taking with a reduced number of participants, masks and social distancing.

“Urban DIY Fall Door Hangers” — Artist and boutique owner, Ashley Little of Urban Trading Company, will teach participants to make their own artistic and creative fall door hangers to take home. There are several varieties to choose from.

Date: Saturday, September 25 • Time: 10 a.m.-NOON

Place: Urban Trading Company, 55 Broadway • Cost: $45

Call Urban Trading Company, 731-352-7106 for reservations.

COVID precautions are being taking with a reduced number of participants, masks and social distancing.

“Urban Restoration” — Artist and boutique owner, Ashley Little, of Urban Trading Company will teach the basics and techniques of restoring and chalk painting furniture. Before you kick it to the curb, take that piece of hand-me-down or flea market furniture and learn how to turn it into a stylish one-of-a-kind show-stopper that will take center stage in your home décor.

Date: Saturday, September 25 • Time: 2-3 p.m.

Place: Urban Trading Company, 55 Broadway • Cost: $10

Call Urban Trading Company, 731-352-7106 for reservations.
COVID precautions are being taking with reduced number of participants, masks and social distancing.

Mark your calendars for the Sweet Tea and Southern Pickin’s Festival on September 24 and 25 in McKenzie. Over 800 participating booths of vintage items, antiques, collectibles, oddities, crafts and more will be featured throughout the city both indoors and outside. Sign up for the Learn to chalk paint and restore old furniture in the Urban Restorations Workshop, and sign up for the Urban Restorations DIY Fall Décor where you will make your own fall door hanger. Space is limited so contact the McKenzie Chamber at 731-352-2004, McKenzie City Hall 731-352-2292, or McKenzie Sweet Tea and Southern Pickin’s Facebook page for more information.

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