Orange Fest media tour returnsNov 29th, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: top story
This is a special year for the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival; not only is the fest being held back at Fort Jackson for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, but the festival’s organizers also hosted its first media day since the storm.
The Orange Fest Media Day serves as an opportunity to promote the event and familiarize the different media outlets with Plaquemines Parish history, tradition and culture.
Journalists from The Plaquemines Gazette and Louisiana Cooking Magazine met up with other news organizations and key public relations people from the parish at the Knights of Columbus in Belle Chasse for a breakfast and rundown of the day’s agenda.
The media group was shuttled by bus to various attractions throughout Plaquemines, starting with the Saxon Becnel and Sons Citrus Nursery in Jesuit Bend.
There, the group toured the property which boasts over 400,000 trees and sampling satsuma off the vine and learning the difference between a Ponderosa and Lisbon lemon.
Lunch was held at the recently renovated Fort Jackson, where Parish President— and sitting Orange King— Billy Nungesser spoke to the crowd.
“This is a great honor,” he said of being elected King. “Coming out of this oil spill, it’s important we promote our seafood and citrus.”
The Orange Festival takes place Dec. 3, 4, 5 at Fort Jackson.