Today’s writeup has a little bit of everything. I’m trying to make sure I don’t miss anything because I’m going to let my keyboard cool off for a few days. We will be back with you on a daily basis Tuesday, July 1.
Things are looking peachy this weekend in Ruston. The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosts the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston’s downtown area. Click the link below for all the info. Festival goers can indulge in Ruston’s famous peach ice cream, peach cobbler and various other peach delicacies. Peach lovers also have opportunities to participate in the festival’s peach-eating contest or the peach cookery contest. Additionally, the Louisiana Peach Festival features live music entertainment, an extensive arts-and-crafts market, a parade, an antique car show, fishing tournaments and more. Expect to be part of a big crowd! With events that people of all ages can enjoy, the festival offers a weekend full of family fun.
There is an admission fee for anyone over the age of seven. Admission is $10 Friday and $5 Saturday 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the Saturday evening music in Railroad Park are $10, or armbands that cover both Saturday admission and the evening concert are also available for purchase for $10. For more info:
Fireworks: Saturday, July 5, is the date for this year’s Fireworks over D’Arbonne Fourth of July celebration. Come by car, come by boat or come by foot, but make sure you are within viewing distance of this spectacular fireworks display over the waters of the lake.
The event is held at the Ramp Road area of Hwy. 33.
Watermelons: Mark you calendar for the 51st annual Farmerville Watermelon Festival, starting with beauty contests and other activities on Thursday, July 24. The parade and events on the Courthouse square will take place Friday and Saturday, July 25 & 26. This year’s events also include a Watermelon Fishing Tournament. I’ll try to have more info later on how to catch a watermelon…I hope they are biting. Okay, seriously, it’s the Watermelon tournament, but its for catching bass…
A part of the festival in its second year is the Watermelon Wake Paddle races set for the State Park Sunday. We’ll have more details at a later date.
Caney Catch & Release: Bass fishermen also take note of the 19th annual Jake Hawthorne and Ricky Anders Memorial Tournament to be held Saturday, June 28 at Caney Lake Marina in Chatham. A catch and release event featuring youth and adult divisions, the tournament gets under way at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
This is the kind of fishing tournament where I can even win something. Why? Well, A $1,000 drawing and two $500 drawings will be conducted (to be eligible for the prizes, anglers must be entered in the tournament and present for the drawings). You don’t even have to catch a fish. That’s what I’m talking about.
An hourly big bass tournament will also be held. For entry information, contact Terry Gilmore at 366.3132 or 249.2665. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Caney Lake Catch & Release organization.
Battle on the Bone: Here’s another good one to mark on your calendar. The second annual Battle on the Bone boat races will be held on Lake D’Arbonne along Ramp Road on August 9 and 10. Call 318-368-3947 for more information.
AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
The World Cup craze just hasn’t hit me. I’m always for the USA when we compete, but I’m not a soccer fan. Never have been. Never will be. But here’s a view of the World Cup that I can get into. Have a great week…