It’s a Peachy Paradise! Fun for Everyone at the 2018 Louisiana Peach Festival

By | 2018-06-28T14:26:00-06:00 June 11th, 2018|

The 68th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival presented by JPS Equipment Rental will be held June 22-23, 2018 in Ruston. This year’s theme is “Peachy Paradise.”

Beginning on Monday, June 18, the festivities will start with the now popular game “Peach Stops.” Players will have a week to visit each Stop to have his/her Passport validated with a stamp or sticker. Those players completing the entire Passport as instructed will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize valued at $1,000! Partially completed Passports may be eligible for other prizes. Details will be included on the Passport.

Also beginning June 18th will be the Peach Hunt sponsored by CenterPoint Energy. A Mystery Card will be hidden somewhere in Ruston. Find it, and YOU’LL have the key to claiming the $500 Cash! The card will be hidden on public property and can be seen without digging, damaging, or disturbing any property. Clues will be given daily until the prize is found.  Clues will be printed daily in the Ruston Daily Leader, and aired beginning at 11 am each day on Ruston radio stations Z-107.5 and The Peach 99.3.

The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Ruston Artisans invite you to attend the 2018 Blue Ribbon Dinner/Dance ‘Peachy Paradise’ on Thursday, June 21st. The event will be held at Ruston Artisans, 203 West Alabama Avenue in historic downtown Ruston. The event begins with a social hour from 6-7 pm. The annual Louisiana Peach Festival Peach poster art, designed by Pamela Powers and framed by Fine Line Art will be auctioned off at 7 pm, followed by dinner and dancing. Join us for an evening of networking, music, and a delicious meal catered by Campatori Catering, all in a Caribbean theme. White/linen attire and hats are encouraged. Prepaid reservations are required for this event. Seating is limited. Tickets are $60/person or $550 for a table of 8 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/PeachParadise.

Louisiana Peachstock: Battle of the Bands is an inaugural event for the Louisiana Peach Festival, and it is scheduled for June 23rd from 11 am until 2 pm. During this event, five bands will compete for the grand prize of $1,000.  The lineup includes a wide variety of genres including country, rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and soul. The lineup includes:

  • Formerly Known As…
  • A.M. Brass Band
  • After Hours
  • The Joe Haydel Band
  • Jordan Sheppard and the Cypress Knees

On the Raising Cane’s Railroad Park Stage this year will be Bag of Donuts (’60s to Current Cover Band), Lacy Cavalier (Country), John King (Country), Ray Theaux (Steel Drums), Blind Uncle Keith (Rock, Blues & Country), Zach O’Neil (Country), KATALYST (Pop, Rock, Blues & Country Cover), and Josh Walker & the Tannehill Band (Rock n Soul/Americana). Lawrence Gibbs and The Russ-Town Band will perform their annual concert at The Dixie Theatre. Scheduled times can be found at louisianapeachfestival.org and Facebook.com/louisianapeachfestival. You can also stay in touch through Twitter and Instagram with #LaPeachFest.

10 contestants will set out to prove Who Can Eat Peach Cobbler the Fastest! In honor of being hailed the Guinness World Record holder for Largest Fruit Cobbler, Hampton Inn will sponsor this event. Not only will the winner receive an official Cobbler Eating Championship Belt, $1,000 is at stake! For additional information, contact brandon.sutherland@hilton.com with “Cobbler Gobbler” in the subject line, call (318) 251-3090, or download the registration form on louisianapeachfestival.org. Must be 18 or older. 17 and under may participate in the Peach Eating Contest for a prize of $50.

Louisiana Peach Festival comes with events for everyone! “Family Fun in Railroad Park” will include several fun and active things on Friday from Noon until 5 pm, including a Diaper Derby at 3 pm on Friday. The Peachy Play Zone will feature Party Galaxy games, a video gaming trailer, face painting, yard Jenga and Tic-Tac-Toe, a steel drum concert, King Robota – a 12-foot robot, and more. There are many activities being added this year, please check the schedule of events on www.louisianapeachfestival.org and watch for announcements on Facebook @lapeachfest. Please note that it is not complete at this time as details are still being added. Check out the outlying events too and begin planning your weekend now!

Admission is free for 7 & under both days and free to all from noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22. Daily passes are $10. Weekend passes available for $15. Carnival and challenger rides are not included in admission.

Visit www.louisianapeachfestival.org/ for more information. The Louisiana Peach Festival is produced by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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