Celebrate fall with these October events

By Alexis Newman

As temperatures begin to cool and holiday season approaches, downtown Ruston has several events to get anyone and everyone enjoying the spirit of fall.

Although not all of the following events are sponsored by downtown Ruston, all of them will be open to the Ruston community and held in the downtown area. The events include a production of the play “Clue,” Artoberfest, Pumpkins in the Park, the Loyal Blue homecoming weekend event, the Monster Mash and the Downtown Ruston Wine Walk.

From Oct. 14 to Oct. 17, the Ruston Community Theater will perform its production of “Clue” at the Dixie Theater. In addition to the play itself, Main Street director Amy Stegall said, “Downtown Ruston has worked with the theater group to encourage our restaurants to do Clue specials.”

While the play is running, local restaurants such as Champs will offer limited time specials that have a Clue theme.

Then, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council will host its Artoberfest fundraiser at the Ruston Farmers Market building on East Mississippi Avenue. Artoberfest is a large beer-tasting event that also includes food, live music and art by local artists. The tickets, sold on the NCLAC website, cost $35 and may be purchased by anyone 21 or older.

Pumpkins in the Park will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Railroad Park. Attendees are invited to bring a carved pumpkin to enter into a contest. There will also be a pet costume contest, and the Ruston Witches Ride will pass through the downtown at the same time. The event is free and no pre-registration is required, but anyone aged 12 or older must go to the Ruston Witches Ride Facebook page for more information on signing up to participate.

Downtown Ruston will celebrate Louisiana Tech’s homecoming weekend with the Loyal Blue event, happening from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Railroad Park. The celebration includes a pep rally with the Louisiana Tech Band of Pride and the Louisiana Tech Cheerleading team performing.

Nearing the end of the month, the Monster Mash event is happening from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ruston Sports Complex. Attendance is free and open to all community members. Local businesses will set up booths and hand out goodies, so this will be the perfect opportunity for kids to get in some early trick or treating.

The final event of the month is the Downtown Ruston Wine Walk. For $15, attendees will be able to go business to business and enjoy 15 wine tastings from 23 participating merchants. Throughout the town, there will be live music and various in-store specials at different venues. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon, and the event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29.

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