The 21st Annual Sunflower Trail and Festival will take place, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 15 in Gilliam, Louisiana. The event will feature art and entertainment for all ages including handmade items for sale by heritage crafters and artists, hands-on arts and crafts activities for children, art exhibits, a sunflower photography contest, a treasure hunt and more. Food and refreshment vendors will be available at the festival, and lunch will be served at nearby businesses including Main Street Restaurant, James Country Store, Rosie’s Grill in Gilliam, as well as and D&I General Store in Belcher. Live music will be performed in the Festival area. Admission is free and open to the public.
Festival activities will take place behind the CrossroadsMuseum in Gilliam, just off of Highway 3049. Highway 3049 (also known as Dixie/Shreveport Road) and can be reached from Shreveport by heading north on Grimmett Drive and turning right onto Highway 3049. The physical address of the CrossroadsMuseum is 12797 Main Street (LA-3049) in Gilliam.
On the Sunflower Trail interesting place to visit are the Veterans Memorial in Belcher, the Lynn Plantation Commissary between Belcher and Gilliam, the North Rose Plantation in Dixie, and the Red RiverCrossroadsMuseum in Gilliam.
Drive and explore the Sunflower Trail on Highway 3049 north from Shreveport to Gilliam. A good option is to turn right at Old Dixie Gin and Sentell Road and drive the loop around the levee. Sentell Road circles back to Highway 3049 at CornerstoneBaptistChurch, just north of Dixie. This scenic drive features several sunflower varieties, a walking trail and a zinnia field.
The Sunflower Photography contest information and application form is on the Facebook page.
The Sunflower Trail Treasure Hunt – Look for clues on the Sunflower Trail Facebook page the week before the Festival June 15th.
The Sunflower Trail and Festival is a presentation of the Red River Crossroads Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1994. For more information on the 21st Annual Sunflower Trail and Festival, like the Sunflower Trail and Festival page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunflowerTrail/ or contact Gilliam Mayor Gail Moore 318 296-4218 or Karen Logan at (318) 296-4303.