Tourism promoters along Nebraska’s Heritage Highway 136 in southern Nebraska are planning their sixth annual flea market event along Scenic Byway 136, scheduled for October 6th–October 8th, 2017. “This is the sixth consecutive year for this event and it is rapidly gaining the attention of Treasure Hunters near and far”, says Trail of Treasures Coordinator, Bobbie Meints of Steinauer. In addition to the communities located adjacent to Highway 136, we also have several “corridor” communities along Highway 8 in eastern Nebraska, Highway 14 in the central region, and Highways 6 & 34 in the west that 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. This “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. The event provides opportunities for small businesses to gain revenues through increased tourism while helping the local economy,” says Meints.
Information about the “Trail of Treasures ™” flea market event can be found on the Heritage Highway’s website, www.HeritageHighway136.com. The Association’s President, Judy Coe cautions, “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 ™.
Highway number “136” must follow the words “Heritage Highway”. It is here that you can sign up to volunteer in your community, 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 along Byway 136. “The “Trail of Treasures ™” event really does have a big effect on tourism in our area. 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,” Coe adds.
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 HeritageHighway was designated a state scenic byway by Governor 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, log on to www.HeritageHighway136.com.
“See you on the Trail!”
(Article Submitted By Judy Coe)