Plumb Alley Day

One of the largest one-day events in this Southeast!


ABINGDON, VA — The Kiwanis Club of Abingdon will present the 36th annual historic Plumb Alley Day on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Plumb Alley Day - which has become a must-go destination event - is rated as one of the largest one-day events in this Southeast, with over 8,000 in attendance.

Taking place in the heart of Abingdon's historic downtown district, Plumb Alley Day is a “strolling festival” along the shaded picturesque alley that runs between Main and Valley Streets.

This family-friendly funfest started in 1983 as a small neighborhood yard sale, but now features over 170 merchants offering unique one-of-a-kind gifts, art, clothing, crafts, jewelry, antiques and collectibles. Come early because the best items go fast!

The Appalachian Highlanders bagpipes and drums band may be Plumb Alley Day's most favorite tradition. They kick off each Plumb Alley Day at 9:30 am by playing and marching down the entire length of the Alley … and back. When the moaning wails of the bagpipes fill the air, people scurry over to the Alley to watch and take pictures! They only perform once at Plumb Alley Day for about 45 minutes, so don't miss it!

While strolling down the Alley you'll find a wonderful variety of entertainment. For example, several homeowners who live on Plumb Alley offer free musicians - a welcome chance to rest your legs and enjoy great music.
In addition, pause when you see men and women dressed in American Revolution-era costumes. They will be at Walnut Grove, also known as the “Yeary Cabin”, a reconstructed log homestead. Please take a few minutes to tour the cabin inside - it's a captivating glimpse into our past.

Outside, in addition to firing their authentic muskets (yes, they're loud!), the re-enactors will tell the story of the patriot militia which marched through Abingdon on their way to victory in the Battle of Kings Mountain, NC in 1780. So take a seat on the wooden benches and hear the gripping story that just may have been the key to American independence.

Behind the Yeary Cabin is an authentic blacksmith shop with tools from the 1800s. Owner Emmitt Yeary himself will conduct a live blacksmith demonstration - listen for the PA announcement for actual starting time.
While shopping and enjoying the activities, festival goers will find ice-cold drinks, piping hot food from local and regional eateries, and tasty treats for the sweet tooth. Come hungry and leave happy!

And let's not forget the KIDS! To make it more convenient for parents, all children's activities will take place in the Courthouse parking lot, and will include the following:

*  Free circular SWING Ride
*  CLOWN making free balloon critters
*  Popular chalk drawing contest with CASH prizes by age group!
*  Cloggers on stage dancing to high-energy, knee-slapping music
*  Free GAMES like golf putting and cornhole, with PRIZES for winners

While Plumb Alley Day is free, Kiwanis members throughout the Alley will ask attendees for a $1 or $2 donation in return for a sticker showing you support Kiwanis. Every dollar raised by Abingdon Kiwanis will be donated to children's organizations in our area, so it's a great cause.

Kiwanis International is a civic service organization of volunteers with 600,000 members in more than 90 countries.

Want to make a difference in our community by helping needy children? Then come join Abingdon Kiwanis - and help us help kids. Call 276-623-0850 or go to our website at

See you at Plumb Alley Day!