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Vendors will flood Jefferson Avenue as part of the eighth annual West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair.

WEST JEFFERSON — While Jefferson Avenue in Downtown West Jefferson might be closed to cars Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, the street will still be packed with people and antique vendors as part of the eighth annual West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair.

Organizer Keith Woodie said the street will be closed down from Boondocks to the intersection with Second Street, and will make this year’s fair the largest yet by 30 to 40 percent. Woodie said more than 70 vendors will be in attendance, each with unique and hard-to-find items.

Last year’s event was postponed to October due to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. While weather is always a concern with an outdoor event, Woodie said everything is looking good for the Antiques fair.

“Everything looks good so far, so we’re just going to keep praying but it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend,” Woodie said.

Woodie said the shops and restaurants along the street will still be open, giving visitors many options to spend their time.

Woodie said the fair would not have been possible without their sponsors Perry’s Gold Mine, The Hotel Tavern, Ashe County Cheese, LifeStore, Skyline/SkyBest, Dr. Timothy Rector, D.D.S., Smoky Mountain Barbecue and Hole Lotta Donuts.

The eighth annual West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair will be held along Jefferson Avenue from 1-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. For more information, visit www.wjantiquesfair.com or call (336) 977-0398.

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