Orange Festival Returns To Historic Fort Jackson

November 8, 2010

For the first time since Katrina, the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival returns to Fort Jackson in Buras. The three-day event, which starts on December 3, celebrates a century of citrus farming with live music, family activities, local foods and carnival rides. The festival features free admission to the festival grounds and free parking.

Orange Festival offers fun for the whole family including a 5k race, helicopter rides and kids activities like sack races and orange rolls. On the fairgrounds, attendees can also get an early start on holiday gifts shopping by visiting the variety of community vendors and artisans selling local arts and crafts.

Visitors will also have a chance to mingle with Orange royalty. This year’s Orange King and Queen are Plaquemines Parish President, Billy Nungesser and Miss Jordan Olivia Gaudet. They will be on hand to greet guests, officiate events and even compete in a contest or two.

The public is invited to participate in our always entertaining contests, which include our classic orange festival competitions such as pie-eating, orange eating, kumquat stuffing, orange peeling as well as local favorites like duck calling, shrimp peeling, catfish skinning and oyster shucking. Louisiana Cookin’ magazine will also be presenting a Citrus Dessert Contest.

The Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, where visitors can preview the carnival. On Saturday, registrations for the kid’s ½ mile Fun Run and adult 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. and the gates open at 10 a.m. On the Main Stage, Big River Band performs at 11 a.m. and Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band at 2 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. The concert line-up includes Ernie Wilkinson & the Hot Sauce Band at 10 a.m., Weathered at noon, and Southern Cross at 2 p.m. The fairgrounds close at dusk on Saturday and Sunday while the carnival remains open.

Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival is proud to celebrate its 64th anniversary. The festival is always held during the first full weekend in December. Prior to Katrina, Fort Jackson had been the home to the Orange Festival since the 1970′s. For the last five years, Orange Festival was held at the Medal of Honor Park in Belle Chasse.

The Orange Festival is located on the grounds of historic Fort Jackson in Buras, about an hour south of Gretna, off LA Highway 23. For more information, visit orangefestival.com.

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