NCLAC's Annual ARToberfest Tickets on SALE!!

Artoberfest on tap with brews, aid to Arts Tour

A centuries-old European tradition will flow into Ruston on Thursday, Oct. 13, as the North Central Louisiana Arts Council offers a special fundraising event.

The second annual Artoberfest will be held from 5-9 p.m. in Ruston's Historic Fire Station, 200 E. Mississippi Ave. Tickets are now on sale.

"Much like the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, our event will feature good music, good food, good beer and good fun," said Leigh Anne Chambers, NCLAC executive director.

Beer-tasting will highlight Artoberfest. Not only will beers from regional and national brewing companies be on tap, but also beers from right here in Lincoln Parish.  "We are really excited about the number of local brewers participating this year!  Guests will be able to taste beers they can't get anywhere else," said Meg Water of the planning committee. 

 Also on tap for the nights festivities will be live music, raffle, local brew contest, and work by a Bavarian artist. 

"The traditional Oktoberfest in Bavaria is the world's largest fair, with more than 6 million visitors," Chambers said. "We'd like to capture some of that excitement here. Not only will

Artoberfest offer an enjoyable, entertaining evening; it will also offer area residents a chance to support the arts."

Proceeds from the event will benefit NCLAC's 13th Holiday Arts Tour, with an estimated economic impact of $64,480 in 2009, Chambers said. This year's tour is set for Nov. 18-20.

Tickets are $30 each for VIP tickets, which includes early entry at 5 p.m., a buffet dinner and commemorative beer-tasting glass. General admission entry will begin at 6:30 at a cost of $15 per person.  For more information, go to,  call (318) 255-1450, or visit the NCLAC offices in the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N. Vienna, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed in the event.  Firehouse contract stipulations specify that tickets cannot be sold at the door, so if there are remaining tickets the night of the event, they will be sold at the Dixie Center for the Arts.