Several parish-wide events announced at police jury meeting

By William Midkiff

On the evening of April 12, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury had its monthly meeting during which several large events were announced and discussed, highlighting the busy months that lie ahead for the parish.

District 12 police juror Annette Straughter spoke about the upcoming Lincoln Parish Park Festival. Last year marked the beginning of this festival, which provides funding for the park itself. The festival last year had a very wide variety of activities and events, and this year will be no different.

Straughter mentioned that the festival will have live music of all genres, various entertainment performances, a kids-only entertainment zone, an assortment of food trucks, an antique car show with 75-100 participating vehicles, an interactive arts-and-crafts exhibit, an archery contest, a regional cornhole tournament, a fishing lure demonstration, a police department canine demonstration, and an open beach area. 

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 14. Admission price is $10 per car, no matter the number of occupants.

The Lincoln Parish Library also has a large upcoming event in the form of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit titled “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America.”The exhibit will become available to the public Monday, April 18, and will remain open for six weeks in total.

This exhibit aims to inform about the history of voting in America and shed light on how American citizens can interact with and influence their governments. Marcie Nelson, interim director at the Lincoln Parish Library, stressed that this event is not meant to spark political controversy.

“I want to be clear that this is about democracy in America; this is not a political exhibit,” Nelson said. “This is about the process of democracy, our history, and getting the new adults engaged in voting.”

The Lincoln Parish Library has hosted multiple Smithsonian exhibits in the past, so this will not be their first outing into this avenue of engagement.

“I perceive this is going to be a success, just like our last two Smithsonian exhibits were,” Nelson said.

Finally, police jury administrator Doug Postel invited members of the parish to participate in the Parish Pickup event from 9 a.m. to noon on April 23.

The Parish Pickup event is a cleanup effort to remove litter from public areas as a part of Love the Boot Week, a statewide initiative dedicated to keeping Louisiana clean and beautiful.

The parish encourages citizens to establish signup teams with local communities such as church groups, neighborhoods, businesses, sporting teams, volunteer groups, and any other individuals that want to participate.

Anybody can sign up for the event at https://www.cognitoforms.com/CityOfRuston2/LoveTheBootLincolnParishPickup.


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