The rich, rolling farmlands of North Louisiana are known for many delicious crops, but perhaps none are as famous as Ruston peaches. Juicy and oh-so-sweet, they are a staple of summer, and celebrated at the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston.
Held annually on the fourth weekend of June, the Louisiana Peach Festival is a favorite event.
Dates: Two days of fun, June 23-24, 2017
Overview: The weekend is filled with activities, from a bass tournament and rodeo to an antique car show and juried arts-and-crafts show. Visitors can shop more than 200 craft and merchandise vendors, finding one-of-a-kind creations from artists around the South.
Don't Miss: Saturday morning, snag a spot downtown along the festival’s parade route (starts at 9 a.m.) for a view of local peach dignitaries, decked-out floats and marching groups. The Antique Car Show at 3 p.m. highlights some of Ruston's best cherried out classics. Gather round for the Cobbler Gobbler Eating Contest on Saturday eve at 7 p.m. Whoever can shove the most peach cobbler in their mouth wins $1000. Don't forget myriad of children's activities and sporting events including a 5K run and fishing rodeo. Check out all the complete line up of events.
Must-taste: Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the downtown food court for refreshing lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs and more. Of course, the typical festival fare is tasty but you’ve got to try a peachy treat, too, and on a June day, there’s no better way to cool off than with a bowl of peach ice cream.
Music: Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday night on the Railroad Park Stage. Uncle Kracker will be headlining Saturday night. See a full music line up.
Admission: Friday, June 23: Noon to 5 p.m. free admission. 5-11 p.m. $10. Saturday, June 24: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. $10. Weekend Pass: $15; Admission is for ages 9 and up.
Learn more about the Louisiana Peach Festival and find a complete schedule of events. And make sure you don’t leave town without picking up a basket of delicious peaches to take home with you!