Rollercoaster Yard Sale: October 5-7, 2017

It’s almost autumn in the Dale Hollow Lake area. That means there is still
a lot going on in every County around the lake. It is one of the busiest
times of the year for most communities. Therefore, we invite you to visit
each community’s website to learn more beyond the event we would like to
feature today – the Rollercoaster Yard Sale!

The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is always the first full weekend in October
each year. The route covers over 150 miles of some of the most scenic
roads around the area that pass through many small communities and towns –
each with their own uniqueness to savor. This will be the 32nd Annual
Rollercoaster Yard Sale scheduled for October 5-7, 2017. (Mark your
calendar for next year: October 4-6, 2018.) The cooler weather makes for a
great time to get out and about the area and enjoy the season. We hope you
will make this event part of your fall plans!  We realize there is a lot
going on this time of year and we appreciate your participation as a buyer
or as a seller.  It’s a great opportunity to gather together your friends
and take a mini-vacation or staycation.  Various events are held each year
along the route with something sure to appeal to almost anyone.  It’s an
excellent time for churches, schools and other non-profits to rally
together and raise funds for winter projects.  Many of the Lions Clubs
along the route do just that.

For those not familiar with the history of the sale, here’s a little
history lesson. The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is unique in many ways.  First
it is the oldest and most authentic marathon yard sale in Kentucky and
Tennessee. It began in an effort by Sarah Bowers to gain improvements to
the “rollercoaster” of a road the original section was. Secondly, it is a
destination yard sale.  What does that mean you might ask?  The route
encircles the Dale Hollow Lake area – beginning and ending at any point
along the route that suits you best. Dale Hollow Lake is an excellent
destination any time of the year. You can easily bring along family and
friends that would rather do something besides yard sale and allow them to
enjoy their day while you shop yard sale after yard sale – and still be
close by.  All because you can start and end anywhere along the route
and/or move farther around the loop each day.  Either way – loads of fun
and bargains are sure to be found.  These dates offer cooler weather, yet
plenty warm to enjoy your days – and nights.  The regions vast
agricultural landscape offers endless beauty and bounty, in addition to
the area waterways that are well known. It’s a good time to stock up while
you’re here with pumpkins, apples, mums and more for your harvest
celebrations. Plus, delight in some of the local flavors offered by the
area restaurants, live music venues, and more. The Lions Club Pancake
Breakfast in Celina, TN is a popular stop as well. You’re patronage is
making a difference in the local community, as it does in the Temple Hill
Community where their Lions Club is raising funds through vendor spaces in
Temple Hill, KY. You’ll find other groups along the route raising funds
for various projects. Be sure to check them out and make a lasting impact
on these communities. (If your local organization would like to do a
fundraiser during this time, check with your local Chamber of Commerce.)

It’s a treasure hunter’s paradise.  There is such a wide array each year.
Unique items from years past have included covered wagons, anvils,
taxidermy items, old signs and much more.  You never know what you might
find, but you will find many things that are ready to become “the other
man’s treasure”. After all, it IS a YARD SALE. With over 150 scenic miles
of treasure hunting opportunities, you can’t miss!  Not only are there
yard sales and bargains galore, there are numerous small shops all around,
farmers’ markets, produce stands and eateries along the route which are
also treasures themselves.  You might want to extend your stay to linger
longer – or plan a weekend getaway for the coming months – or maybe a
longer vacation.  BBQ is BIG along the Rollercoaster Yard Sale Route as is
good old fashioned country cooking.  Crafters bring out their wares making
it a great time to pick up those special holiday gifts that will make for
treasured memories. Crafters, if you haven’t chosen your location yet, be
sure to do so soon. Again, check with your local Chambers of Commerce for
possible locations.  You are sure to find many souvenir items, flea market
finds, antiques and collectibles, too.  The rich history, local parks,
inviting rivers and Dale Hollow Lake offer a wide array of things to do
for your non-yard sale friends.  Bring along your entire family and make a
week (or more) of it and enjoy the ride on the rollercoaster route.

Sellers, we invite you to take advantage of the unique cooperative
marketing efforts of the eight counties from two states involved in
promoting this event – neighbor helping neighbor to boost the local
economies by bringing in visitors and income to the region.  Civic
organizations are encouraged to plan fundraisers and roll out the welcome
mat!  The local Chambers of Commerce below are here to help you find a
spot AND if you have a spot available, let your Chamber know and post it
on one of the Facebook pages dedicated to the sale.

Events this year during the sale include a cruise-in in Byrdstown, TN that
will highlight the classic autos and the Cordell Hull Birthplace State
Park will be hosting their 1st Saturday Speaker Series event at the park
at 1PM – “Haunting Tales of the Plateau” by Jim Buck, the ever popular
Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser and Arts & Craft Sale in Celina,
TN, plus Mud Lick Bar-B-Que will be available in Mud Lick, KY, and live
music in Byrdstown, TN on Friday and Saturday evenings!  Be sure to check
the events calendar on the website for
all the latest listings.  Also, “Like” our official Facebook page at

As most people know, the Dale Hollow Lake area is a fisherman’s paradise.
The fish should be biting well as the weather begins to cool.  It’s still
warm enough to enjoy boating or houseboating …perfect to spend the day on
the road seeking out bargains and evenings relaxing on the refreshing
waters of Dale Hollow Lake or surrounding areas.  Don’t forget to spend
some time off the road too.  You won’t want to miss the beauty of the
Caves of the Cave City area or the wonders of Glasgow (a highly yard sale
dense area of the route, as are Temple Hill, KY and the Clay County
Recreation Complex).  Cave City and Glasgow, KY are located at the
northwestern side of the route in Kentucky and Clay County is the first
area you will come to on the Tennessee side if you travel the route south
from the Temple Hill, KY area.

The sale route covers over 150 miles through 25 communities/towns and
lasts for 3 days with an abundance of yard sales, flea markets, crafts,
antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, BBQ, southern food, entertainment,
parks, recreation areas, historic sites, picturesque and unique small
towns and their squares and so much more!  You never know what you might
find.  Come see what treasures await your discovery this year!  Gather
your shopping friends, hop into your RV or other vehicles and make your
way to THE Rollercoaster Yard Sale!  The brochure is available for
download at  For more information please
call any of the chambers of commerce or tourist commissions listed below.
Make plans now!

Kentucky Contact Info:
Albany-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce: or
Cave City Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center:
or 1-270-773-5159;
Cumberland County Chamber/Tourism Commission: or
Glasgow-Barren County Tourist Commission: or
Tompkinsville/Monroe County Tourism: or
or Temple Hill Lions Club: Donnie Alexander 1-270-670-5679.
Tennessee Contact Info:
Byrdstown/Pickett County Chamber of Commerce: or
Clay County Chamber of Commerce: or 1-931-243-3338;
Celina Lions Club: Kathy Merrett or
931-243-5005 and Pam Goad or 931-267-3031
Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce: or