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 http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org.

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: stmchc@bellsouth.net.

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: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion.