Peachy Activities

Beta Sigma Phi Arts & Crafts Show

Beta Sigma Phi has been producing and sponsoring the Arts and Crafts Show for the Louisiana Peach Festival for over 35 years. We have over 150 vendors in three vendor areas: Inside the Ruston Civic Center is the Juried, all handmade arts and crafts. You will find everything from pottery, paintings, journals, signs, calligraphy, jewelry, metal work, woodwork and clothing to coffee, nuts, fudge, jellies, dip mixes and much, much more. In this area we award Best of Show, and have 4 merit winners. Cash and ribbons. And don’t forget to get your peach ice cream! Outside the CC in the south parking lot, we have a variety of crafts, including potato peelers, hair ribbons, wreaths, clothing, accessories, food vendors, and resale items, etc. We also have the front yard under the trees that we call “The Trenton Marketplace” that has a large variety including a dog rescue booth, info booths, retail boutiques, crafts, and much more. You have to come and spend some time in all these booths! (photo: Follette Pottery)

Friday, June 23, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Info on our Facebook page and at

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Visit them on Facebook. Questions? Email Beta Sigma Phi.

Peach Pageants

Contestants vie for Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach.

Pageants will be held on July 22 at The Dixie Theatre. Princess Peach at 10 a.m., Dixie Gem Peach at 6 p.m. Join them on Facebook.

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Peach Art Exhibit

For over 25 years the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) has organized an art competition and show with cash and ribbon awards, to coincide with the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston. The exhibit features children and adults, with artwork spanning 8 different categories.

Art will be displayed at Ruston City Hall during the festival. Exhibit will be open Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception will be Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. Exhibit will be on display through July 10.
Drop off day for artwork is June 15.

Exhibit will be open Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Peach Hunt

The Louisiana Peach Festival treasure hunt sponsored by Centerpoint Energy will begin June 19. Clues will be printed daily in The Ruston Daily Leader, and aired beginning at 11 a.m. each day on Ruston radio stations Z-107.5, The Peach 99.3, and KRLQ 94.1.

Treasure hunters will be searching for a laminated card upon which will be directions for claiming the $500 prize. The card will be hidden on public property, and will be able to be seen without digging, damaging, or disturbing any property. Clues in the hunt will be given daily until the prize is found.

Baby Photo Contest

Barnes Portraiture sponsors this fun competition. The four categories are: Most Photogenic, Most Photogenic Twins, Funniest, Most Serious and is for children ages birth to 6 years. Entry forms may also be picked up at Barnes Portraiture, 500 North Bonner.

Photos will be displayed in The Children's Shoppe windows at 109 North Trenton Street June 23-26.
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Peach Cookery

2016 Adult Grand Prize Winner, Mimi Johnson; Youth Grand Prize Winner, Natalie Spillers

Pies, tarts, salads, cakes, even main dishes are welcome in this cookery sponsored by Townsend House Gifts There are both Adult and Youth divisions.
Friday, June 23, 10 a.m., Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 North Bonner St., downtown Ruston. Sponsored by Townsend House Gifts.

$1000 Prize Cobbler Gobbler Eating Contest

The 2016 Cobbler Gobbler Title Holder - Caylan "The Ginger Binger" Dowden

$1,000 and the Cobbler Gobbler official belt is up for grabs and only 10 men (or women) will have a chance at it!

At the 67th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival, on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m., 10 contestants will set out to prove Who Can Eat Peach Cobbler the fastest!

Taking the place of the traditional peach eating contest, in honor of being hailed the Guinness World Record holder for Largest Peach Cobbler, Hampton Inn will sponsor this event. Not only will the winner receive an official Cobbler Eating Championship Belt, $1,000 is at stake! How much can you eat?

To enter, email Brandon Sutherland at Write Cobbler Gobbler in the subject line. Or you may call (318) 251-3090.
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Peach Parade

From Peach dignitaries, floats, cheerleaders, clowns and music to marching groups and more will make their way through Ruston with Dr. Jackie Robbins of Irrigation Mart as the Grand Marshal. Join us on Saturday, June 24 at 9 a.m. as the parade winds through downtown Ruston.
The Louisiana Peach Festival Parade is presented by PetStar Animal Care and produced by Junior Auxiliary of Ruston.
Parade begins at LA Tech Athletics Complex, follows Alabama Avenue to Trenton Street to Dan Reneau Drive.

Float Theme: “Give Peach a Chance”
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Parade Route

Antique Car Show

2016 Winners

Shiny and old? Yes, and classic, too! This event is sponsored by BancorpSouth and Hot Rod Bar-B-Q and is hosted by the Ruston Antique Car Club. Join us Saturday, June 24 in the BancorpSouth parking lot, downtown Ruston from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Kid's Fun


After the parade Saturday morning, Dinosaurs will be in Downtown Ruston!
Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dino Land & Fun Zone! at Civic Center: Dinosaurs sponsored by Blue Bell Creameries, Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Range Resources Corporation. New this year – The IDEA Place Dino Dig! Dino Dig will be available every hour, on the hour. Limit to 2 prizes per child.

Gamebox NELA

In Fun Zone/Dino Land, outside the Ruston Civic Center across Georgia Avenue. Prizes awarded for highest scores.
Open Play: Friday, Noon-6pm * Saturday, 8am-6pm
Just Dance Competitions: Friday, 1pm * Saturday, 1pm
Mario Cart Competitions: Friday, 4pm * Saturday, 4pm

Lincoln Parish Park Kids' Fishing Tournament

2016 Winners

Youngsters go for the big catch. Prizes and refreshments. Open to age 12 and under. Bring your own fishing pole; bait provided. No entry fee or pre-registration, just show up! Friday, June 23, 8 a.m. at Lincoln Parish Park. Sponsored by The IDEA Place, La Capitol FCU, Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Walmart Superstore.

Participants must be accompanied by parent or other adult.

Games & Rides

Swing, Pirate Ship, Bungie jump, rock wall, waterball, swing, mechanical bull, Quarterback Toss and more!

Diaper Derby

2016 Peach Festival DIAPER DERBY Contest WINNERS:

6-9 month category - Morgan Letendre (9 months old; daughter of Christy & John Letendre)
10-12 month category - Jersey Kate Corley (12 months old; daughter of Jamie Corley)
13-18 month category - Patrick Singh (13 months old; son of Kendal & Kevin Singh)
19-24 month category - Kenlyn Sherrill (22 months old; daughter of Deana & Mickey Sherrill)

Babies crawl and toddlers toddle a pre-set distance against the clock. Sometimes they do it, sometimes they don't. The parents (and grandparents) are as much fun to watch as are the kids, when the big folks try to entice the little folks to come to them.

This Barnes Portraiture sponsored event will be held at Trinity Center of Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m. There are 4 categories for children ages 6 months to 24 months.

Sporting Events

5K Run/Walk

2016 5K Results

Take an early morning run through part of Ruston and the Louisiana Tech campus in the Louisiana Peach Festival 5K and fun run/walk, Saturday, June 24.

Great new medal design this year! Gildan Performance quick dry tees! Runners get free festival admission by showing your commemorative bib!

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Tennis Tournament

2016 Tennis Tournament Results

Nighttime tournament! That's right, once again the festival tennis tournament will be played under the lights and not the hot sun! Women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles. Play begins Friday, June 23. Louisiana Tech University courts. Sponsored by Brennan Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, O'Nealgas, and Southern AgCredit.
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Prizes sponsored by: Celebrity Theatres, Chartreuse Pear, Domino's Pizza, Farmerville Motors, Karen's Hallmark, Lusiana Traditions, McKinney Outdoor Superstore, National Jewelry Company, RAW, Rodeo Boutique, Ruston Tractor, Sonic of Farmerville, Calhoun, and both Ruston locations, Super 1 Foods, and The Fashion of Ruston.


Ride 'em cowboy, and cowgirl, too. Roping, riding, clowns. Two nights of rodeo sponsored by Brennan Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/Ram. Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at the Northern Louisiana Exhibition Center. Gates open at 6 p.m.
For information call (318) 255-9377.

Bass Tournament

2016 Bass Tournament Results

Tournament begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and ends at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 25. Tournament coordinated by the North Central Bass Anglers. For more information call Mark Brasher (318) 245-2882. Sponsored by Wood Marine and Farmerville Motors.