Residents, businesses and churches can participate in El Camino Sale on the Trail

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Ready to “shop ‘til you drop?”

The 11th annual El Camino Real Sale on the Trail takes place May 3-4 along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. Follow the trail through the Caddo region, which stretches from LA Hwy 6 in Natchitoches through Many; Milam, Texas, San Augustine, Texas; to Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Along the trail, shoppers will find new and used items sold by local businesses and private individuals. If you are a shopping warrior, collector or just looking for fun, a weekend shopping the trail is a wonderful way to take advantage of the beautiful spring scenery and historical markers along the El Camino Real.

Registered participants in Natchitoches Parish include Tres Bien Antiques, Georgia’s Gifts, and Dicken’s and Co. in historic downtown Natchitoches and others to be announced. While downtown, enjoy family fun on the downtown riverbank at the St. Mary’s Annual Spring Fling featuring games, inflatables, zip line rides, food trucks, a rubber duck derby and live music from Cane River Soul and other local performers.

In addition, Los Adaes State Historic Site will host “Exploring the El Camino Real” for visitors to learn more about the Trail and the people who lived around it. A ranger-guided tour will showcase the historic roadbeds and scenic walking trail of the site. Tour times will be 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weather and staff permitting.

“We are pleased that various local businesses from the historic district will be participating, along with the activities and entertainment from St. Mary’s Spring Fling taking place on the Riverbank,” said Executive Director of the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Arlene Gould. “This will make shopping along the El Camino Real Trail fun for the whole family.”

The Natchitoches CVB also encourages residents, businesses, and churches located along the Hwy 6 corridor, the original El Camino Real route, to host garage, rummage or yard sales during Sale on the Trail.

For more information about Sale on the Trail, call the Natchitoches CVB (318) 352-8072.

The area with the most road side vendors and garage sales is usually found as you travel Hwy 6 through Sabine Parish, into Many, and in the Toledo Town area right before you cross Pendleton Bridge into Texas.

Milam is the place to be with Nuziebell’s Flea Market featuring new, old and in between merchandise such as homemade jellies, collectibles, tools and more. More than 40 vendors will also be set up at the intersection of Hwy 87 and 21 including everything from beautiful plants ready to set on your patio, homemade ice cream, and antiques, just to name a few.

Make a stop in San Augustine for “Sale on the Trail Around the Square.” Downtown merchants will have sidewalk sales.

New this year is Vintage Market Days at the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center. This shopping event will have over 125 vendors and more information can be found at http://vintagemarketdays.com/market/east-texas/index.php.

Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, El Camino Real de los Tejas has existed for more than 300 years. The Spaniards and the French who marked the trail were followed by early missionaries of multiple faiths and later by such men as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. The entire trail runs from Natchitoches to Laredo, Texas.

For more information on shopping or participating in the “Sale on the Trail”, call the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at (800) 358-7802 or visit www.toledobendlakecountry.com.