Calling all treasure hunters! The 2017 Trail of Treasures event is coming this fall, Oct. 6-8.
Tourism promoters along Nebraska’s Heritage Highway 136 in southern Nebraska are planning their sixth annual flea market event.
“This is the sixth consecutive year for this event, and it is rapidly gaining the attention of treasure hunters near and far,” said Trail of Treasures Coordinator Bobbie Meints of Steinauer.
In addition to the communities located adjacent to Highway 136, several “corridor” communities along Highway 8 in eastern Nebraska, Highway 14 in the central region of the state and Highways 6 and 34 in the west, will also be participating in the event.
Whether you are looking for something old or something new – the Trail of Treasures is sure to provide you with what you are looking for. The event is designed to bring thousands of visitors to communities along the southern tier of Nebraska highways in search of “hidden treasures.”
The Trail of Treasures event encourages both residents and businesses to participate by having yard sales, sidewalk sales, special promotions and events. The Trail of Treasures provides plenty of opportunities to explore the open highways and gravel roads--one town and one treasure at a time.
“Heritage Highway 136 is in need of volunteer coordinators in each community to help with this large event to ensure its success," Meints said. "The event provides opportunities for small businesses to gain revenues through increased tourism while helping the local economy.”
Information about the Trail of Treasures flea market event can be found on the Heritage Highway’s website, www.HeritageHighway136.com.
Judy Coe, the association’s president warned that copy cat sites may mislead online visitors.
“Don’t be fooled by look-alike sites; be sure to visit the correct website and only register with the Heritage Highway 136 association, trademark owner of Trail of Treasures," Coe said.
Highway number “136” will follow the words “Heritage Highway” on the correct website.
Online, visitors can sign up to volunteer in their communities, get information about being a vendor or find information on advertising in the shopper guide. Shopper guides will be available listing each community, vendor and sponsor, available late summer in print or for download from Heritage Highway 136’s website.
The Heritage Highway 136 Association consists of volunteers, who are experienced in tourism, marketing, community and economic development. These representatives partner with local, regional and state individuals and organizations to promote the communities, attractions, and events.
“The Trail of Treasures event really does have a big effect on tourism in our area," Coe said. "It serves as a great economic development tool to promote our region and bring in visitors who will pour dollars back into the local economy. Not only do they shop the local businesses featured in the shopper’s guide, but they also shop, eat, play and stay at other area businesses, making it a win-win situation for all."
Nebraska’s Heritage Highway is a 238-mile stretch of Nebraska Highway 136 extending from historic Brownville along the banks of the Missouri River westward to the Republican River Valley and on to Edison.
The Heritage Highway was designated as a state scenic byway by former Gov. Mike Johanns in 1999, one of nine scenic byways in the state of Nebraska.
For more information about Nebraska’s Heritage Highway 136 and its programs and activities, visit www.HeritageHighway136.com.
See you on the trail!