The riverbank was crowded with festival goers Oct. 13 as they enjoyed a beautiful day at the inaugural Tapped-tober event, the first craft beer and wine festival of its kind in Natchitoches. Beer samples were passed out in the tasting tent and at the opposite end of Rue Beauport, children played the day away on inflatables. An array of food trucks offered delicious meals and live music from Southern Roots and Cody Cooke filled the air. A larger than life TV screen showed the LSU vs. Georgia game, and kids played video games in the CenLa VR Game Truck. A light sprinkle later in the evening chased a few people off, but many stayed to watch the fireworks display and hear a few songs from the main band, A Thousand Horses. For a first-time festival it was a humongous success! And the best part, proceeds raised at the event will benefit the Northwestern Cancer Center in Natchitoches so it can purchase a van to help its patients with transportation. It will also help the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center purchase a new 3D mammography machine for early cancer detection.