Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

On your mark ... get set ... Trade!

Main Street in Minden will be closed Saturday to make more room for vendors at this year's Main to Main.

In its 13th year, the 50-mile stretch of shopping, food and entertainment will begin tomorrow, Friday, November 2 and continue Saturday, November 3.

"We have had an overwhelming response from vendors this year," Main Street Director Pattie Odom said. "We have always had a wonderful turnout from both vendors and shoppers, but this year far surpasses how many vendors have participated in the past."

Odom said Main to Main goers will have a plethora of shopping available and that Minden's brick street will be the hub for all things artistic throughout the weekend.

"More than 100 artisans will set up shop on the sidewalks of downtown Minden selling handmade and homemade goodies, from food to furniture," she said.

"Make sure to step inside and shop specials at our downtown Minden art galleries, museums, antique shops, boutiques, flower shops and restaurants." Odom said.

"Local folks set up garage sales in their front yards, school yards, parking lots and church grounds. Antique dealers, sellers of gently-used items, artisans and crafters set up all along the route to sell their wares," she continued.

Odom suggest shoppers use emergency flashers while stopping and traveling along the route and to drive cautiously and slowly.

Louisiana Main Street Communities of Minden and Springhill will organize this giant sale with the assistance of volunteers from the small towns along the route of Highway 371, Sibley, Dixie Inn, Couchwood, Cotton Valley, Sarepta and Cullen. Webster Parish boasts two Louisiana Main Street Communities, Springhill and Minden.

"The Clock Triangle in Springhill and Springhill Main Street will be the hub of activity if you start your Main to Main journey in the north end of Webster Parish," said Kim Gillespie of Springhill Main Street. "Look for great food, art and junktique dealers in Springhill; and while you are on Main Street, stop and shop specials at the many Springhill Main Street shops and eateries."

Both Main Street directors agree the Main to Main route, whether from the south to the north or the north to the south, offers the visitor a treat in each community.

A collaboration of local communities, government, local businesses and local sponsors like Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Minden, Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Carter Federal Credit Union and The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau help Main to Main Trade Days grow each year.

For more info, visit www.maintomain.com, find them on facebook at Main to Main Trade Days or follow on Twitter at M2M Trade Days.






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