A preview of downtown Ruston’s final October event: the Wine Walk

By Alexis Newman

For anyone who feels too old for trick-or-treating but still wants to get into the holiday spirit, downtown Ruston’s Wine Walk — which has sold out of tickets days before the date — may be the perfect event.

The Wine Walk is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m. On the night of the event, participants will go to Railroad Park to check in with their tickets, have their ID checked and receive a wristband and a map. From there, they can go door-to-door among the 25 participating businesses and enjoy samplings of wine along with in-store specials, pop-ups, refreshments, and live artists. The Shreveport band Tipsy will also be performing from 5:30-7 p.m. at Railroad Park.

Main Street director and community coordinator Amy Stegall explained that the purpose of the Wine Walk is twofold: to increase traffic and economic development in downtown and to allow businesses to connect with their customers. 

“They can introduce new people to their business, maybe they’ve never been there before, or they’ll have just a special night to visit with their regular customers,” Stegall said. “Really, it’s just one more way to put traffic into downtown and just support the economic development that we have going on here.”

Although this is only the second time the Wine Walk will run, Stegall said that the hope is that it becomes a fun new annual tradition for the Ruston community. 

“It’s a wonderful way for us to build our community, and it’s another fun event for people to get out and enjoy,” Stegall said. “It gives variety, and it gives a night to get out with friends and get a babysitter and enjoy what our downtown has to offer.”

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