ARToberfest | NCLAC’s Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser


ARToberfest, NCLAC’s largest fundraiser, is celebrating its 10th year!  With over thirty volunteers serving beer to over five hundred guests each year, this community event is a must.  Both home-brewed and commercial craft beers will be featured along with food trucks, live music, and friends!  

Save the date for the 10th annual ARToberfest on Friday, October 18th, 2019 from 5 to 10pm at the Ruston Farmers Market.

Read about last year’s event:

ARToberfest, a Flavorful Success

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 9th Annual ARToberfest was Friday, October 19th at the Norton Building in Ruston in a successful effort to raise funds for NCLAC programming. Congratulations to Chad and Holly Hoffman of Bald Pelican Brewing. Their Honey Basil brew was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Utility Brewing. New this year was a Judge’s Choice Award, sponsored by Devine Wines and Spirits Plus. This winning brew was Una Cerveza Mas, an international pale lager by Johnny Griffith. 

People’s Choice Award Winners, Holly and Chad Hoffman and Judge’s Choice Award Winner, Johnny Griffith

People’s Choice Award Winners, Holly and Chad Hoffman and Judge’s Choice Award Winner, Johnny Griffith

Big thanks are extended to the members of Whys of the Wise, The Mitch Laing Band, and Jelly who donated their musical talents to entertain ARToberfest guests. Thanks also to each of the participating home brewers: Gary Baker, Jean Gourd, Johnny Griffith, Karari Hanks, Chad & Holly Hoffmann, Evan McDougall, Ryan Nestrud, and Matthew Stephens.

NCLAC staff thanks the dedicated ARToberfest committee who spend 6 months planning the fundraiser: Chair Amanda McCoy, Emma Melville, Elaine Thompson, Deana Revels, Juliana Kemege, Trevor Davis, and John Shirley.

NCLAC wishes to thank the hard-working team of volunteers who make the event a success: Cinthia Rincon, Devin Wagener, Becky Knox, Connor Haskins, Marta Campbell, Whitney Caskey, Cathy Godley, Dawson Shannon, Linda Aber, Nicole Duet, Skylar Vickery, Sharla Rodrigue, Ryan Rorie, John Michael Stanley, Matthew Giddens, Leanna Patterson, Ali Garriga, Michael Garriga, Jennifer Reed, and Hilary Clary Savage. Thanks also to those who helped with set up: Sylvia Davidson, Kerri Hull, Levi Martinez, Parker Christian, and Marissa Yeagle, Re/Max Realty, and Stewart Sasser. NCLAC staff thanks board members Henry McCoy, Catherine McVea, Peter Jones, Tara Haskins, Gale Reed, Gary Faulkner, Richard Lewis, Tim Everett, Judi Null, and Scot Stout for their volunteerism at the event. 

Finally, thanks again to the generous ARToberfest sponsors: Gibson’s Fresh Grocer, Marsala Beverage, Choice Brands, International Wines & Spirits, Utility Brewing, The Selfie Stop, Ruston Animal Clinic, Fine Line Supply, Troy Lord Electric, Keg Package & Cork Room, Devine Wines & Spirits, The Norton Building, and Catahoula CrossFit. Additional thanks to Durrett Law & Title, PCI, and Argent Financial Group, as well as Alpine, Diesel Fuelmasters, Brasher Group, Railway Coffee, ARX Video Productions, My Happy Place, Ruston Farmers Market, Jennifer Tradewell - LMT, and Sheila Bordelon.


A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR Past Year’s SPONSORS | Check back for our 2019 sponsors!

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