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Preview: New Orleans Oyster Festival

Will Coviello looks at the annual shell game in Woldenberg Park

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The versatile oyster is the life of the party at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. There is a shucking contest Saturday and a raw oyster-eating contest Sunday. More than 20 local restaurants set up booths serving oysters raw and char-broiled and in tacos, po-boys, gumbo and pasta dishes. There also are non-seafood options, plus sno-balls and desserts. The musical lineup includes the Stooges Brass Band and Shamar Allen and the Underdawgs and others on Saturday. The Brass-A-Holics, The Revivalists and Gin Blossoms play on Sunday. There's also a children's tent, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors and a heritage area with displays about the oyster industry in Louisiana. — WILL COVIELLO

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