Natchitoches…The Getaway That’s Not Far Away

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Downtown Natchitoches

One of the most famous roadways in America, the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, will be the site of a 175 mile-long “Sale on the Trail” on the weekend of May 7th – 8th. The El Camino Real, which means “King’s Highway” in Spanish, is the oldest road in Texas. Land owners and businesses located on Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas from Natchitoches to Crockett, Texas will hold yard sales, flea markets, festivals, trade shows, sidewalk sales and more along this famous trail providing a wonderful weekend of touring and shopping.

Those landowners and businesses east of the Grand Ecore Bridge to the Sabine River are encouraged to participate. Registration is recommended. There is no registration fee, but participants may purchase a keepsake “Sale on the Trail” yard sign for $7.00. Along with registration, each participant will receive free red and yellow balloons.

For more information, please contact the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at (318) 256-5880 or the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 259-1714. Visit www.elcaminorealtx.com for additional information on the Trail.

The Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show will be held May 29th at the Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Over 50 vendors from four states will be represented. Admission is free. The show will offer an array of interesting arts and crafts: jewelry, wooden toys, mosaic crosses, handbags and totes, stained glass, canes and staffs, oil paintings and prints, and quilts. For more information, call Cheryl Gianforte (318) 352-6068 or email luziana73@hotmail.com.

The Cookin’ on the Cane BBQ Festival will be held on June 4th and 5th on the historic downtown riverbank. The event, sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association, and sponsored by the Natchitoches Jaycees, is open to both professional and non-professional BBQ chefs. For more information, call (337) 401-0883 or visit www.natchitochesjaycees.com/bbq.

The National Fish Hatchery in Natchitoches will host an Open House on June 5th. The public is invited to tour the Fish Hatchery facilities located at 615 South Drive. Call (318) 352-5324 for more information.

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If you’re in town, stop by the Natchitoches Welcome Center at 781 Front Street. The Center is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm with the exception of some major holidays. Contact the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 259-1714 or (318) 352-8072 for event or accommodation information. Visit online at www.natchitoches.net.