GILLIAM, LA – The 20th Annual Sunflower Trail and Festival took place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today , June 16 in Gilliam, Louisiana. The event featured 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 and more. Food and refreshment vendors will be available at the festival, and lunch will be served at nearby businesses including Main Street Restaurant and James Country Store in Gilliam, as well as The Wild Petunia 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 was held behind the Crossroads Museum in Gilliam, just off of Highway 3049. Highway 3049 (also known as Dixie/Shreveport Road) can be reached from Shreveport by heading north on Grimmett Drive and turning right onto Highway 3049. The physical address of the Crossroads Museum is 12797 Main Street (LA-3049) in Gilliam.
Visitors to the festival were encouraged to explore the Sunflower Trail on their way to or from the festival. To drive the Sunflower Trail, turn right at Old Dixie Gin and Sentell Road and drive the loop around the levee. Sentell Road circles back to Highway 3049 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, just north of Dixie. This scenic drive features several sunflower varieties and wildflower fields. A sunflower maze is on Sentell Road – visitors walked and took pictures. Sunflowers along the trail are expected to be in full bloom – and visitors can cut them in places along the road.
Special added attraction – The Sunflower Trail Treasure Hunt – Look for clues on the Sunflower Trail Facebook page the week before the Festival June 16th.