By Thomas Stodghill, IV
Tonight is the night.
ARToberfest 2021 is happening at the Ruston Farmer’s Market from 5-10 p.m. for early birds and 6:30-10 p.m. for general admission.
Eventgoers must be over 21 years of age. Outside of beer-tasting, this event will focus on bringing local artists, musicians, food and culture to the forefront of the festival.
This event is hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and this is its biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised goes towards other programming by NCLAC, including the Summer Arts Camp, Holiday Arts Market, Independent Film Series, Peach Art Exhibit and much more.
Madeline Marak, executive director of the NCLAC, explained how this event came to be.
“ARToberfest started in 2010 as a gathering of beer enthusiasts that wanted to raise money for the arts,” Marak said. “Now evolved into a beloved Ruston event, ARToberfest draws supporters from all over north Louisiana to sample a great selection of homebrewed, craft and commercial beers.”
This event will feature music from Jade Reynolds, Da Drum Shed and Second Hand Jacket. There will be a selfie stop Photo Booth from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
People can silently auction on art, and that will go until 9:30 p.m. Participants can also vote on their favorite homebrew at the event, and the voting will end at 9 p.m.
Homebrew beer will be served from different people and different restaurants. Some of the people include Gary Baker with Hermitage Road Brewing, Stephen Merrill with Storyline Brewing, Logan Slade, Navneet Sharma, Chuck Murphy, Mark Pellittieri, Richard Hargis, and Ryan Nestrud.
NCLAC would like to thank their many sponsors for this event, including but not limited to, Gary Baker with Hermitage Road Brewing, Stephen Merrill with Storyline Brewing, Logan Slade, Navneet Sharma, Chuck Murphy, Mark Pellittieri, Richard Hargis, and Ryan Nestrud.
Tickets for general admission will be $35, early bird tickets are $45 and designated driver tickets will be $10.
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