Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Festival in Ruston: Railroad Makers & Music Fest!

Information provided by Derek J. Amaya, Railroad Fest PR Director 

It's almost time for Ruston's newest arts & music festival! Be in Downtown Ruston Saturday, April 8 for live music and concerts, and hundreds of talented makers from all across the region! 

Railroad Makers & Music Festival is a celebration of Ruston's art and music scene. This year will be the festival's first year and it promises to create an experience that honors culture, celebrates the unique community and provides an welcoming atmosphere for families, groups and arts lovers of all kinds! 
"With the regional arts and music community beginning to develop and Millennials having a stronger impact on the community, now was the best time to get a cultural festival going in the region. But the plans do not stop here. With the help of the community and outsiders just visiting, festival producers plan to ride the culture wave and continue to grow the festival for years to come." - Derek J. Amaya, Railroad Fest Public Relations Director

Railroad Fest is comprised of two components: the Makers Fair and then music at Railroad Park. The Makers Fair portion of the festival will be held from 10AM-5PM in the Historic Fire Station and Sexton parking lots. This event is free to the public! Local makers and artists will be on site with works ranging from jewelry and woodwork to paintings and screen-printing, and so much more! 

Live music will run from 3-10PM in Railroad Park. $5 admission gets you access to all performances and a cash bar. Remember your ID for a wristband! 

The Seratones, Shreveport, LA
Music Lineup at Railroad Park
3PM - J.A.M Brass Band
4PM - Montague
5PM - GoofyBoots
6PM - Supernaturals
7:15PM - Headliners Louisiana Soul Revival ft. Doug Duffey
8:45PM: Headliners The Seratones 
Culinary Events
9AM-12PM - Brunch & zydeco music at Sundown Tavern
10AM-10PM - Food trucks across Downtown Ruston 
11AM - Crawfish boil at Ponchatoulas

Brews & Such
Flying Tiger Burma Blonde
Abita Strawberry
Sutter Home Wine Selection

Experience Downtown Ruston like you never have before! Be a part of Ruston's first-ever Railroad Fest on Saturday, April 8 and watch the culture shift in this region’s arts community. 

More activities include food trucks galore, a Kids' Zone in the courtyard of the Historic Fire Station, Schoolyard Art Brawl paint battle with local teachers, live painting of a new mural with artists Nicholas Bustamante and Whitney Causey. For all the details, check out the 2017 Railroad Fest Facebook event.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

A Day in Dubach

Written by Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

Lincoln Parish has a hidden gem just 12 miles north of Ruston, this is a place where residents and business owners have great pride in their hometown and history. Spend a day in Dubach, Louisiana - a charming town filled with local character! There are some unique and exciting things, both old and new, going on in Dubach, all with a true love for this small town Louisiana community. 

Explore the Dog Trot Houses - Start your day off exploring the two historic and famous Dog Trot Houses! Dubach, LA has claimed the title of "Dog Trot Capital of the World." There are two historic dogtrot houses: the Dubach Dogtrot Welcome Center that was built in 1883 (later moved in 2006) and the Autrey House Museum built in 1849 (the oldest structure in Lincoln Parish). 

Dubach Dogtrot Welcome Center
Autrey House Museum 

The "dog trot" houses got their name because the dogs regularly “trotted” from one side of the house to the other through an open area or they had the option to enjoy the shade. Both of these houses are truly unique to the area and have an interesting history. As the story is told, Thomas Yancy Colvin built a dog trot house for his new bride as a wedding present upon her request, this house has been donated by the Colvin family and is now the welcome center. Very few of these homes remain today and we are lucky to have to such examples here in Lincoln Parish. 

Attend Big Creek Trade Days - Plan to attend Louisiana's newest indoor trade event. Big Creek Trade Days takes place the 2nd weekend of every month, Friday-Sunday. This sale barn and large flea market event was envisioned by 3 friends that felt the need to find a way to re-purpose an old poultry farm. 

Going out to these old farming facilities, shoppers will find over 100 vendors filled with booths of hand made items and one-of-a-kind antiques. Don't worry, Big Creek Trade Days is not only for the shoppers, it's for the whole family - there is also a "man cave" with big screen TV's, food vendors and jump houses and slides for the kids! 

Eat at Lillian Veau's - Enjoy local cuisine at Dubach's newest addition! Lilian Veau's Eatery offers a New Orleans style dining experience with local Cajun and traditional southern menu items right on Main Street! 

Hour of Operation:
Thursday - Friday:  11:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

There is so much character in this restaurant and it all comes straight from the heart! The owner of Lillian Veau's says her dream of 32 years has come to life in Dubach, LA. The Restaurant is named after her grandmother, Lillian Veau, and all photos, paintings and decor are reflections of New Orleans and were taken and painted by the owner herself! 

Shop at Tatum's Department Store - One of Dubach, LA's oldest clothing stores on Main Street! Go shop at Tatum's on Main, here you will find everything a girl can ever need, the shelves are stocked with fashionable clothes, hang bags, accessories and more! 

This local clothing store is a stable in Dubach and a family tradition. The owner of Tatum's is carrying on her mother's love of small town shopping. Her mother ran this store for 62 years before she took over. You will receive a true passion for fashion here at Tatums! 

Head to Dubach, Louisiana and spend the day shopping, eating and exploring all it has to offer! 

Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! Molly is a coffee 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Fishing Tournament: American Crappie Trail

Written by Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

There is a new fishing tournament coming to town! Ruston & Lincoln Parish are pleased to welcome the American Crappie Trail to Lake D'Arbonne! We are excited to be partnering once again with Union Parish to bring the latest crappie fishing tournament to our area!

The American Crappie Trail was started by fisherman for the fisherman! Their main goal is to provide anglers the chance to participate and compete in premier crappie tournaments with the highest guaranteed payout in the industry. The American Crappie Trail has an innovative, fresh approach to the crappie fishing tournament scene. They aim to provide the level playing field to the industry that has never been seen before for elite and weekend anglers!  

This tournament and their knowledgeable staff will raise the bar in the crappie fishing industry! Not only will they have the highest payout, but all tournaments will be televised! They will be using state-of-the-art trailers and weigh-in stations - these full production live internet weigh-ins brings much excitement!

One of the owner's of the American Crappie Trail, Matt Morgan, is very excited about bringing the new tournament to Lake D'Arbonne: 

"D'Arbonne is one of the 6 Lakes I handpicked because of the phenomenal resources the lake has to offer in conjunction with the awesome people that live in the surrounding communities. ACT is extremely excited about the March 31-April 1 event where someone is going to win a brand new Ranger boat! Crappie Fishing is going to the next level with ACT!" - Matt Morgan, co-owner of American Crappie Trail

ACT is also excited to announce one of the most well known outdoors man in the business as the TV host for 2017! Sam Heaton has been around crappie fishing his whole life and he is exited for the American Crappie Trail to get started!

Registration & Location Information - Registration for the American Crappie Trail Tournament and the appropriate registration forms can be found here. The registration fee to participate in the tournament is $425.00 and the late fee is $25.00, this applies after the ten (10) day off limit period is in effect. Participants must be members to register, become a member and register here!

The American Crappie Trail will be March 31-April 1,2017 on Lake D'Arbonne in Farmerville, Louisiana. 

Payouts - Based on 100 boats:
1st place: Ranger Boat RT188C - No matter how many boats entered, this is always the 1st place prize! 
2nd Place: $8,000
3rd Place: $5,250
To see the rest of the ACT Payouts visit here!

ACT Pre-Tournament Events: 
Wednesday, March 29 Evening -  Meet the Pros & Crappie Seminar Night including Spider Rigging & Trolling, Jig Fishing and Crappie Fishing 101 in Downtown Ruston
Thursday , March 30 Morning Brunch & Media Day @ D'Arbonne Pointe in Farmerville 
Thursday, March 30 Evening Registration, Food & Seminar @ Lincoln Parish Library in Ruston 

Where to Stay in Ruston - Sponsor Hotels

Fairfield Inn & Suites 
Address: 1707 Roberta Ave, Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: (318) 251-9800
Comfort Inn
Address: 1951 North Service Rd E, Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: (318) 242-0070

Click here to see all Rules and Regulations. Also, for more information and the ACT's latest updates follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Molly is an original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alternative Eating in Ruston

Written by Payton Potter
Photos by Lexi Wyatt

A small town with big flavor, Ruston offers residents and passers-through a unique mix of restaurants that make this north Louisiana torn special. From cajun food to the homestyle cooking to barbecue to fresh juices, Ruston provides something for everyone. Heath-conscious eaters and those with dietary restrictions alike will find that Ruston has delicious dishes to meet his or her needs. 

Mandarin Spring Salad at +Portico | Ruston 

Strawberry spinach salad - Portico
Veggie Burger (no cheese) - Sundown Tavern
Tofu Avocado salad - Teriyaki Grill
Nutty Avocado - Roly Poly
Avocado, cashews, walnut pieces, dried cranberries, leaf lettuce, plum tomatoes, baby spinach, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, balsamic vinaigrette, whole wheat tortilla
Go Green Roll - Raw
Avocado, cucumber, asparagus, seaweed salad. topped with sesame seeds

California Hummer +Roly Poly Sandwiches 
California Hummer - Roly Poly
Hummus, provolone cheese, leaf lettuce, plum tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, carrots, green pepper, alfalfa sprouts, sesame dressing on a whole wheat tortilla
Loaded smoked sweet potato - Brister’s Smokehouse
brown sugar and cinnamon
Vegetarian Delight - Teriyaki Grill
Margherita Pizza - Newk's
Yogurt Parfait - Railway Coffee

Sizzling Fajitas at +Log Cabin Grill & Market 
Gluten Free
The Beau Vine - Beau Vines Steakhouse
Log Cabin Sizzling Fajitas - Log Cabin Grill & Market
Grilled Chicken Nachos - Sundown Tavern
Parillada Mexicana
Steak chicken, and shrimp cooked with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers

Seafood Gumbo at +Ponchatoulas 

Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp - Log Cabin Grill & Market
Marinated, seasoned, mesquite-grilled and covered with bourbon barbecue sauce
Seafood Gumbo - Ponchatoulas
Gulf shrimp and blue crab in a dark roux sauce
Tuna Salad - Rosemary’s Kitchen
Nigiri selection - Raw
Shrimp In Grits - Portico
Fried asiago cheese grits, sautéed shrimp, mushroom and roasted red pepper cream sauce
Asian Ahi Tuna - Portico
Sesame seared ahi, spring mix, mandarin oranges, avocado, cucumber, tomato and soy-ginger vinaigrette

Payton Potter is a Louisiana Tech graduate from Farmersville, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @Payton_Tech!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mardi Gras in Ruston, LA!

Written by Amanda Quimby, Marketing Director 

#RustonLA is gearing up for the 2017 Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball! This is Ruston's premier Mardi Gras event and has become the social event of the season! Come out and celebrate Saturday, February 18 at the Ruston Civic Center!

There are some new and exciting things in store for this year’s event - Attendees can enjoy a cocktail hour beginning at 7PM with live music starting at 8:30PM. Come dance the night away to the music of Windstorm, one of the most fun and energetic party bands this event has seen in a while! They play a wide range of songs from soul, blues and R&B, to pop, hip hop, and old school funk. Trust us, they will blow you away with their performance!

Windstorm bring impressive dance jams and moves to the stage!

Catering will again be provided by Linda Peevy, whose food continues to impress Mardi Gras Ball attendees year after year. NCLAC will be hosting the Silent Auction portion of the night with tons of great packages, products, artwork and more available for attendees to bid on. Professional photography will be done once again by Kevin Hawkins Photography. New to the Mardi Gras Ball this year is Bash Booth! Party goers from across the area have had a blast taking pics in this photo booth! Remember to share yours using #RustonLA! 

Bash Booth printouts are complimentary!

The proceeds from this event benefit the Dixie Center for the Arts Sustaining Building Fund and the nonprofits that are housed within it. The historic Dixie Theatre in Downtown Ruston has been a source of arts and entertainment for over 8 decades! Help continue the Dixie's legacy and provide a home to NCLAC and Ruston Community Theatre by purchasing your tickets for this event and taking part in the booze basket raffle and silent auction!

Tickets for the event are $60 and can be purchased at the Dixie Center, located at 212 North Vienna Street. Remember to bring cash for drink tickets - $3 for beer and wine/$6 for mixed drinks and the signature cocktail!

You won't want to miss this chance to dress up for a night and enjoy the dining, dancing and socializing as we celebrate this iconic season in Louisiana! For more information, visit or call (318) 255-1450!

Laissez les bon temps rouler in Ruston, LA!

Full time destination marketer, part time gardener. Amanda has a love for travel and tourism, event planning and showcasing #RustonLA. She’s also very serious about coffee, cocktails, true crime novels and The Walking Dead. Follow her on Instagam to see mostly pics of food, wine and inspirational quotes. 

“Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.”

Friday, January 27, 2017

Molly Meets Ruston: Shop Local Food at Log Cabin

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

Everyone in Ruston knows Log Cabin Grill is a tasty treat for all ages. But I have discovered the true gem to this amazing restaurant: the Market inside Log Cabin. I love shopping local, and getting that chance to shop local for good food is even better!

So, I like to call myself a "self proclaimed" foodie, this probably comes from my Italian and Lebanese background where my entire family thinks that their way of cooking is the only way and that every time food is prepared, it is pretty much an eighteen course meal. No food group is skipped over and there is enough food for an army -- this is why I love Log Cabin Market, with so many options to choose from for me to cook!

My husband and I really enjoy grilling out and cooking (especially for sporting events). Since we have moved here to Ruston in the peak of football playoffs, I can honestly say we have been found frequenting Log Cabin Market. I love how quaint and personal the market is, shopping there is such a fun and friendly experience!

I am going to share a few of my favorite aspects of this local market, but these few things do not even touch how much more they have you will HAVE to go and check out!

With every good food gathering, an appetizer is a southern stable! Log Cabin has great snacks for all like boudin, sausage, crackers & dips and much more!

Spices, Herbs & Sauces
I know they say if the meat is cooked right you don't need any sauce, but I beg to differ after you see the collection of sauces and spices Log Cabin has to offer. Choose from spices & seasonings to prepare your fresh meat with or jams & sauces for all your dipping needs.

This is a small portion of all of the sauces and jams they have to offer at Log Cabin Market! 

Fresh Meat
Where to start on this?! This is usually my husband's department, but every time we go in to Log Cabin Market we end up discussing what to cook/grill because there are so many options that will make your mouth water! You can chose from beef, pork, chicken and seafood, with multiple variations of each. They have kabobs with veggies, stuffed seafood and pre-seasoned meats if you don't want to battle finding a good rub or marinade!

With social gatherings and cooking out, there is always a good cocktail! Visit Log Cabin Market to find all the drink mixes you can imagine! 

Yummy Drink Mixes. They also have daiquiri options and more! 
As if this isn't enough, check out what they have for breakfast, baked goods, their take and bake freezer and gluten free items!

With Louisiana Tech spring sports and events, the Superbowl and warm weather 
just around the corner, check out Log Cabin Market for all your food & fix-in's!

Log Cabin's rows of goodies and their check-out counter! 

Molly is an original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Crappie Masters 2017: What you need to know

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

Lincoln Parish and Union Parish have partnered again for the 2017 Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship Tournament on Lake D'Arbonne in Farmerville, Louisiana! Interested in participating or cheering on your favorite fishermen (or fisherwomen!), read below for everything you need to know! 

Ruston, LA and Lincoln Parish invites you to come join the Crappie Masters Tournament. A place where friends and families crappie fish for fun, with the spice of competition! 

Who: Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail, the nation's premiere crappie fishing tournament

What: Crappie fishing tournament for anglers of all skill levels

When: February 24 & 25, 2017

Where: Lake D'Arbonne in Farmerville, LA

Cost: Entry Fee - $325.00

How to Register: Click here for the necessary forms to mail in or choose the online entry form. To register over the phone, call (660) 351-4187. Late fee applies after February 10th.

Host Hotels in Ruston:

Comfort Inn
1951 North Service Rd E 
Ruston, LA 71270

Days Inn
1801 N Service Rd E
Ruston, LA 71270

Prizes: Payback is based upon how many entries the tournament receives, Crappie Master's pay back 100% of the entry fees plus additional bonus monies.

Based on expected amount of boats entered, $30,000 in cash and prizes will be paid back, predicting first place would be around $6,000 cash.

There are additional prizes for the highest placing Male/Female team and for the the highest placing Adult/Youth team.

Previous Winners: 
2016 Winners: Terry Richard and Casey Raynor

2015 Winners: Jay Stone and John Godwin 

Kids Tournament: All children, ages 0-15, are invited to participate in a FREE Kids Fishing Rodeo at all scheduled Crappie Masters qualifying tournaments. Click here for the necessary form to enter youth into the kids rodeo. All kids will be entered into a drawing for the Youth Scholarship Fish-Off held at the Crappie Masters National Championship and are known to be awarded more than $5,000 in scholarship monies annually.

Remember: Late Fee - $25.00 after Feb 11

More info: All this information and more can be found at or by calling their office at 660-351-4187.

We welcome all to come enjoy, compete and win prizes in tourist location while striving to promote, enhance, and preserve our outdoor heritage, specifically crappie fishing. We're excited to have local and visiting anglers with their friends and family in Ruston, LA. For more things to do while you're in town, visit

Molly is an original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA.