Peach Festival brings sweet fun to Ruston
June is prime time for peaches in North Louisiana, and for more than 60 years this Ruston festival has celebrated the fuzzy fruit.
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, just like the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival.
Held annually on the fourth weekend of June, the festival is a favorite of families.
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.
Saturday morning, snag a spot downtown along the festival’s parade route for a view of local peach dignitaries, decked-out floats and marching groups.
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. If you’re feeling extra hungry, enter the peach-eating contest and see how many pounds of peaches you can eat in two minutes.
Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday night on the Railroad Park Stage.
Learn more about the Louisiana Peach Festival and find a complete schedule of events at http://louisianapeachfestival.org/. And make sure you don’t leave town without picking up a basket of delicious peaches to take home with you!