A sample of country life will be attainable on this Historic tour of North Caddo Parish along Highway 71 and Highway 3049. Travelers will experience the rich culture, colorful history, and southern hospitality of the Heritage and Harvest tour on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This free self-driving tour will take drivers through fields of cotton, soybeans, and corn grown in the picturesque towns of Dixie, Belcher, Gilliam, Hosston, Mira, and Ida. The Heritage and Harvest Festival will display the small towns, historic libraries, and unique attractions along the way.

Some of the attractions are listed below:

• The Capt. Fletcher E. Adams 357th Fighter Group Museum and Car Museum – Enjoy viewing the private collection of CH Maddox at 18876 Alabama Avenue, Ida 71044. Open 9-4 with cold drinks, coffee, water, and snacks. (318) 469-1060
• Designs by Carol Quilt Shop – Muscadine and wild berry jelly, pickles and quilting of hand-pieced tops. Located at 17558 Hwy 71, Mira, LA. Their Muscadine Vineyard will also be open.
• Hosston Shreve Memorial Library – Shreve Memorial Library System celebrates 100 years! Located at 15478 US Hwy 71.
• Dixiemaze Farms – Located at 9596 Sentell Rd. Join them for the Fall Festival season grand opening. Enjoy the corn maze, games, pumpkins, and more starting at 10 AM!

To view more attractions at this event, click here.

A 2:00 p.m. dedication of the community mural by local artist, Diane Long, will be held at the Red River Crossroads Museum in Gilliam, LA. This dedication is in memory of former Gilliam mayor, Helen Adger, and active community member Karen Logan, who first started the Boom or Bust ByWay project in Northwest Louisiana.

There will be a prize drawing for a framed limited edition art print by local artist Kristi Jones. Visitors can also submit their art for a chance to win $200 and be featured on the 2024 Sunflower Festival T-shirt (the deadline is November 2, 2023).

Visit Shreveport-Bossier is the official destination marketing organization for Caddo and Bossier Parishes in North Louisiana. For more information about events happening in Caddo and Bossier Parish, visit www.sbfunguide.com.