Morgan City’s fête of local industry continues this Labor Day with its 76th annual Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood and Second streets to officially kick off the festivities that continue through Monday.

The festival features live music, an arts and crafts show, children’s street parade, a car show, 5K fun run, high school swim relays, carnival rides and plenty of food to sample.

Special events include a 9 p.m. fireworks display Sunday along the Atchafalaya River.

For a complete schedule or for more information, visit

Business promotion talk

The vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana, Connie Mercantel, will discuss business promotion in the marketplace during the noon luncheon meeting Sept. 9 of the women’s networking group, Connections.

The luncheon will be held at Buffet City, 120 Curran Lane, and networking begins at 11:30 a.m.

The monthly meetings are typically held on the first Friday. The meeting is open to all women with a prior reservation.

For reservations, call (337) 236-8252 by noon Sept. 8.

Okra Festival has crowns

Kings and queens of the Okra Festival will be crowned Saturday during pageant festivities scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Magnolia Park Recreation Center.

The first session at 9 a.m. features boys and girls ages infant to 3 years. At 11 a.m., boys 3 to 5 years and girls 4 to 12 years will compete in several divisions.

At noon, the queens pageant will begin with the crowning of four titles: Teen Queen, Miss Queen, Ms. Queen and Woman Queen.

For information contact pageant director: Danielle Fontenette at (337) 394-2230 or at:

Cirque du Soleil

The acrobatic wonder of Cirque du Soleil comes to the Cajundome in December for three performances of “Dralion.”

Tickets for the performances held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 are on sale.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $75 for adults with special ticket pricing available for children 12 and under, military, seniors and students.

“Dralion” is inspired by the “never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature,” according to the show’s website.

The show’s name is pairing of symbols of the East: the dragon and of the West: the lion, according to the site.

Tickets may be purchased at: