Peaches abound at festival

TJ Cranford and his family

By Kylie Neel

The Peach Festival, one of the largest peach events Louisiana has to offer, was held Saturday in Ruston. The festival included live music, arts markets, food, and kids’ activities for everyone to enjoy.

The Peach Festival seemed to have more in attendance this year than ever before, based on foot traffic in and out of downtown area restaurants and shops. More than one vendor was successful in all departments. 

Hunter Shelby, head salesman for the Indian Village Harvest, had a tent at the corner of West Park Avenue this year. 

“We set up at 6:30 a.m., and we have been running back and forth grabbing signs and tables to prepare,” Shelby said. “We came to Peach Fest with 116 crates of peaches, and there would be a second shipment coming this afternoon.”

Indian Village was not the only fruit vendor at the festival; Yak’s Produce was a busy vendor as well. Yak’s Produce had a tent also on the opposite corner of East Park Avenue. Employee Kalee Tucker for Yak’s produce has been working on this event for a while.

“Sometimes I wish we knew how many peaches we needed for this event,” Tucker said.We have been preparing for Peach Fest for a while, and we expect today’s sales to be busy this year, being that we started with a lot of cases.”  

TJ Cranford and his family also sold their peaches alongside Uptown Downtown in Ruston. The Cranford family has been a vendor for six years.

Cranford said that his family has made the Peach Festival a tradition to come out and sell peaches, and jellies

“We started with 100 crates of peaches, selling not only to the Ruston community, but to people coming in just for the peach fest all the way from Mississippi as well,” Cranford said.

The Peach vendors were not only a great addition to the Peach Fest, but multiple families brought their children and friends to this event. Featured at the Peach Fest, there was a kids’ activities section with multiple face painting stations and games.

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