Annual Trail of Treasures

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Trail of Treasures extends from Border to Border across Southern Nebraska

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Antique hunters and flea mark junkies, mark your calendars and sharpen your bargaining skills.

The Byway 136 – Heritage Highway Trail of Treasures event will be held on October 6, 7 and 8 this year.

This will be the twelfth  annual Trail of Treasures, a flea market/garage sale Extravaganza   across Southern Nebraska that was patterned after the popular and successful Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt. The event is growing with more vendors and advertisers as well as the area that participates in the event.

 The main goal of Trail of Treasures is to promote tourism and provide an economic boost to the local economies as well as a fund raiser for Byway 136 – Heritage Highway.

Byway 136 was designated in 1999 from Brownville to Edison which includes the 10 counties of Nemaha, Johnson, Gage, Jefferson, Thayer, Nuckolls, Webster, Franklin, Harlan and Furnas.   The 7 Corridor Counties that have joined are Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Saline and in recent years the counties of Red Willow, Hitchcock and Dundy.  The Trail of Treasures event now goes from “Border to Border Across Southern Nebraska” – in other words from Missouri to Colorado. 

Judy Coe, president of the Nebraska Heritage Highway said, “Those who venture out on the Trail of Treasures will find everything a flea market has to offer and much more. Vendors, including church and community groups, are encouraged to have food stands along the route.”

Some people who are having estate sales wait until the Trail of Treasures weekend to have their sale. 

Bobbie Meints, Vice-president of Byway 136 said, “The event draws many people from other states that pull trailers and make a weekend of it.”

“It seems to be a real drawing card,” both Meints and Coe said of the antiques.

The Heritage Highway organization is trying to get the word out early because vendors that want to be listed in a Shopper Guide have until August 15 to sign up.

“The event was started as an economic tool to bring people to the small communities,”  said Jill Kuzelka, secretary of Byway 136.

The Nebraska Heritage Highway Association is the sponsor of Trail of Treasures.

“See you on the Trail!”


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