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Railroad Fest coming to Ruston

May 26, 2017

AMAYA

 

Derek Amaya

 

As spring brings warm weather to Louisiana Tech University, Ruston is gearing up for a new and exciting festival that not only promises to deliver some of the best local music and makers, but is also a new event that is sure to make Tech students thrilled.

 

The Seratones, of Shreveport, and Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey, of Monroe, will headline the inaugural Railroad Makers and Music Festival Saturday in Ruston’s historic downtown district. The festival will also feature the bands J.A.M. Brass Band, of New Orleans; Montague, of New Orleans; Supernaturals, of Monroe; Goofy Boots, of Greenville, Mississippi, and more than 100 regional makers as well as several food trucks.

 

The festival is comprised of two main components.

 

The Makers Fair, which is free admission, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Fire Station parking lot. The makers’ work range from woodworking, artwork and jewelry.

 

Music at Railroad Park is $5 at the gate and will run from 3-10 p.m. at Railroad Park. Music ranges from alternative, rock ‘n’ roll and soul.

 

Devine Wine and Spirits will be on hand to sell beer and wine during Music at Railroad Park marking the first time the city of Ruston will allow open container alcohol for an event in downtown Ruston.

 

In addition to the festival, several downtown businesses will be open for Railroad Fest specials that will make any Millennial happy. Sundown Tavern will host Zydeco Band Ric and Doc during a brunch slated from 9-11 a.m. that will see the restaurant serve mimosas. Local favorite Ponchatoulas will also host a crawfish boil throughout the festival as well.

 

The festival kicks off with the Railroad Festival 5K: The Chug at Lincoln Parish Park. Race day packet pick up and late registration is from 7-7:45 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the race is $30 on-site with all proceeds going toward the Ruston High School Cross Country Team.

 

Festival attendees will also get the chance to see the live painting of a new mural in downtown Ruston featuring local artists Nicholas Bustamante and Whitney Causey — further displaying the growing arts community at Tech and Ruston.

 

This is an exciting day for young college students wanting to try something different in Ruston.

 

With the help of Tech students, festival organizers will be able to show both public officials and community stakeholders how much Tech students would like a festival of this nature grow into something bigger.

 

The way to that is to show up Saturday and keep the conversation going on social media. Our social sites include Facebook: facebook.com/railroadfest, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter: @RailroadFest and using our hashtag #RailroadFest. Readers wanting to join the conversation now can let organizers know they are interested or planning on going through our Facebook event page: 2017 Railroad Festival.

 

With Tech students help, this festival’s potential is limitless.

 

We hope to see a large crowd of Tech students come to this new festival that promises to be fun for everyone.

 

Derek J. Amaya is the public relations director for Railroad Festival.

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