RUSTON, LA – The 73rd Annual Louisiana Peach Festival will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Downtown Ruston. The event will span from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and feature 10+ hours of live music, more than 80 food and art vendors, interactive kids’ activities, peachy treats and eats, and more.
The Louisiana Peach Festival continues to put a strong emphasis on being “homegrown” with local art, music, and flavors, as well as cultural and art experiences for kids. The theme for this year’s festival is “Lincoln Parish: The Peachiest Place to be Since 1873” to coincide with Lincoln Parish’s Sesquicentennial celebrations happening throughout the year.
“It’s a great year to celebrate all the things that make Ruston & Lincoln Parish special,” said Amanda Carrier, President & CEO for the Ruston Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re looking forward to inviting our community and our visitors downtown to experience all the festivities we’ve planned for this year’s event.”
In 2022, the festival drew over 22,000 attendees from all over Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi and provided a 2.1 million-dollar economic impact on the area. Attendance for 2023 is anticipated to exceed 2022 and provide another substantial economic impact as the festival has expanded its footprint and added more outlying events.
“The Peach Festival is not only a wonderful celebration of our local culture, but it is a huge economic driver for our downtown merchants and restaurants, and businesses across the parish,” said Amy Stegall, Ruston Main Street Director.
Admission to the festival and all activities are free from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission after 5:00 p.m. for the evening music lineup is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for children four and under. This year, Kids Alley will be expanded to West Mississippi Avenue with even more activities and entertainment from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
See below for the schedule of events for the 73rd Annual Louisiana Peach Festival on June 3.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Peach Arts Market – Discover art, handmade items, and homemade goods from local artists, artisans, and makers. Located in Sexton Lot across from Railroad Park and E Park Avenue.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Kids Alley: An Art Experience – Kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on art activities and crafts on W Mississippi Ave., along with interactive performances and demonstrations on the Kids Alley stage.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.: Live Performances on the Railroad Park Stage including Parker & Chloe, Haley Brooke, Braydon Watts, DK Harrel, Jennifer Janèt, Big AL & Cherri Jubilee, Kelli Roberts Band, Main Street Band, LVVRS, and this year’s headliner, Parish County Line.
Other offsite peach events will also be taking place during the week leading up to the festival. These events include Peach Hunt, Peach Restaurant Roundup, Peach Art Exhibit, Peachy Sidewalk Sales, Peach Concerts at the Dixie, Peach Beard Contest, Ruston Antique Classic Car Show, Ruston Farmers Market, Peach Baby Photo Contest, Queen Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach Pageant, and the Peach Rodeo. For a full list of events, please visit www.lapeachfest.com/schedule.
Official 2023 Peach Festival merchandise will be available for purchase at the Ruston Visitors Center two weeks before the festival. This year’s merchandise includes t-shirts (12M– 4XL), posters, postcards, and stickers. All festival merchandise will also be available at the festival on June 3.
The Peach Festival is still seeking volunteers. Those interested in volunteering can view the volunteer slots that are still open and sign up at lapeachfest.com/volunteers.
For more information on the Louisiana Peach Festival, visit www.lapeachfest.com or contact 318-255-2031.
About the Louisiana Peach Festival
The Louisiana Peach Festival is a long-standing Ruston tradition dating back to 1951. The festival was created by area peach farmers as a way to promote their industry throughout Louisiana and surrounding states. Over the years, the Peach Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to Lincoln Parish and pumped millions back into the local economy. The festival has seen many changes over its 70-plus years, but through it all, the event has continued to be a source of excitement and pride in the community.