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Weather has impact on attendance for the 2017 Ruston Peach Festival

RUSTON, La - Tropical storm Cindy may have come six months ago, but the Peach Festival officials in Ruston are just learning what it cost.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce says the Low attendance during the 2017 festival was not deliberate. 

Judy Copeland with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce says the tropical storm was to blame for a slow start to the annual event.

The storm moved through back in June, forcing them to cancel outdoor activities for that Friday.
 Fewer fest-goers meant less money for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the event sponsor.

"We had about 10,000. We normally have about 12,000 so that was not too bad of an attendance drop.  It was just that $5.00 per person put us in the red but that's ok," said Copeland.

Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker hopes the Christmas season will be a revenue hot spot for the chamber to make up for a loss in revenue.

The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will be over the annual Ruston Christmas parade and the 12- days of Christmas shopping.

Walker says the City of Ruston will officially turns on the lights for the 2017 Christmas season Friday at 6:00 p.M.

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