NEW ROADS, La. (BRPROUD) — More than 150 vendors will be selling arts, crafts, furniture, antiques and more at this year’s Market at the Mill in New Roads.
“All proceeds go towards the revitalization of the mill, the parking lot, the adjoining NRG Park and the splash park,” said Mindy LaCour, the event coordinator. “During the weekend of this event, all of our downtown restaurants and hotels are booked and do very well.”
Market at the Mill will celebrate its 13th year, LaCour said. This is LaCour’s first year directing the festivities. She took over after Betty Fontaine, the founder and former event coordinator, held the role for over 10 years.
The event is held in the spring and fall at the Cottonseed Oil Mill, which dates back to the early 1900s. The mill was vacant and unused until 2011, when the city restored it to host the first Market at the Mill, according to the website.
Lacour said people who attend Market at the Mill can expect various vendors selling jewelry, artwork, clothing, antiques and spirit wear. There will be face painters, pictures with Santa and a splash pad/park for children.
Attendees can shop locally or support a vendor that has come from surrounding states in the Gulf Coast. There will be live music and food trucks.
“It is an opportunity for people to experience beautiful New Roads and False River,” LaCour said. “People say it is the ‘best kept secret and ‘hidden gem’, you have to come to experience it.”
Market at the Mill will be held from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18 for $5. A weekend pass is $10 and includes a free mimosa. Tickets purchased by Nov. 15 will be entered for a chance to win one of three $150 gift cards.