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The Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival celebrates local produce, culture and everything orange. The 64th annual festival (Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5) will return to its home at Fort Jackson in Buras for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The location, about an hour south of Gretna, brings visitors through fields, past local produce stands and into the heart of Plaquemines Parish. Locals and visitors can show off their kitchen skills in shrimp-peeling, catfish-skinning, oyster-shucking and orange-peeling contests. Louisiana Cookin' magazine sponsors a citrus dessert contest in which the winner gets $100 and his or her recipe printed in the magazine. The main stage features live music from the Big River Band, Bruce Daigrepont, Southern Cross, Weathered, and Ernie Wilkinson and the Hot Sauce Band. Other activities include pie-eating and sack-racing contests and helicopter rides. Make sure to greet the Orange Royalty, whose scepters, crowns and tiara are adorned with the honored citrus. Before the gates open on Saturday morning, there's a 5K walk/run following a half-mile fun run. There also is a carnival with games and rides. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. — Jamie Carroll

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