Pumpkins in the Park delivers spooky fun

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

Railroad Park was the place for Pumpkins in the Park this weekend. The event was free to the public, and plenty of families turned out for the event. Dogs of all shapes and sizes were at the event as well to compete in the pet costume contest.

The main events of the show were a pumpkin carving contest and a pet costume contest. For these contests, the show had a panel of judges decide the winners. Participants could win in several categories, such as most creative, spookiest and overall favorite.

In addition to the contests, the party had fitting music and food stands for everyone to enjoy. The food stands included a Kona Ice truck, which sold snow cones and water. They had a variety of flavors to choose from. Another option for food at the event was Second Round Bakery, which opened its doors in July. Owned by Jim and Emily Wilkerson, they sold cookies, gluten free brownies and pumpkin bread. 

Amy Stegall, director of Main Street Ruston, said she viewed this as fun community event, and she was glad that people got to enjoy seeing each other. 

The next downtown Ruston event at Railroad Park will be Friday, Oct. 22 for the Loyal Blue Weekend Homecoming Pep Rally for Louisiana Tech. Tech’s Homecoming game will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. 

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