21st Annual Sunflower Trail and Festival to be Held on Saturday, June 15 in Gilliam

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Free event will feature sunflower trail, photography contest, treasure hunt, food, live music, arts and crafts vendors and historical stops along the route.

Sunflower fields along Highway 3049 on the Boom or Bust Byway.

The 21st Annual Sunflower Trail and Festival will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 15 at Red River Crossroads Museum, 12797 Main St. in Gilliam. The festival will feature a scenic sunflower trail, sunflower picking, arts and crafts, live entertainment, art exhibits, children’s activities, a Sunflower Photography Contest, and historic stops along the colorful route. Admission is free.

Returning to this year’s festival is the Sunflower Festival Treasure Hunt, which offers participants a chance to win $300. Starting on June 10, one clue will be revealed each day on the Sunflower Trail and Festival Facebook Page until the treasure is found or until the day of the festival. The treasure will be hidden on public property along the sunflower trail on Highway 3049. The prize must be claimed at the Sunflower Festival.

The Sunflower Photography contest has heavy participation each year and offers five contestants a chance to win a cash prize. This year’s photography theme is the sunflower trail. The photo submissions limit two per person and must be 8 by 10 inch dimensions, mounted or with a cardboard backing, and unframed. Photo submissions should be mailed or dropped off at the following locations by Wednesday, June 12: Allegra Printing in Bossier City, Hilburn Printing in Shreveport, or Red River Crossroads Museum in Gilliam.

Food vendors will be available during the Sunflower Trail and Festival, and lunch is available for purchase at nearby restaurants including Main Street Restaurant, James Country Store, Rosie’s Grill, as well as D&I General Store in Belcher and food trucks at the Lynn Plantation Commissary.

“Everyone loves sunflowers! The sunflower fields produce the most beautiful photographs. It’s a scenic drive to enjoy the small town festivities,” said Karen Logan, event organizer for the Sunflower Trail and 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. Sunflowers along the trail are expected to be in full bloom from mid-June through July. This scenic drive features a sunflower maze, wildflower fields, zinnia blossoms, and historic stops along the route including the Veterans Memorial in Belcher, Crossroad Museum in Gilliam, Northrose Plantation in Dixie and more.

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 on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SunflowerTrail. For more information on the Red River Crossroads Historical Association, visit http://www.RedRiverCrossroadsHistorical.org or email the association at rrcha(at)gmail(dot)com.

NOTE TO MEDIA: High-res images of the Sunflower Trail and Festival are available for media use. To request images, contact Shalisa Roland at sroland(at)sbctb(dot)org.

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