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Preview: New Orleans Oyster Festival 

Will Coviello on the annual shell game at Woldenburg Park

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Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas (pictured) won the New Orleans Oyster Festival's 2013 Acme Oyster Eating Contest by consuming 24 dozen oysters. The annual event features music, oyster shucking and eating contests, oyster dishes and displays about the history of the oyster industry in south Louisiana. Raw Oyster Cult, featuring former Radiators Dave Malone and Camile Baudoin and Hammond B3 organist John Gros, closes the festival Sunday and the lineup also includes Bonerama, New Orleans Suspects, Honey Island Swamp Band and others. More than 20 restaurants offer a wide array of oyster dishes, from raw, baked and char-broiled oysters to oyster po-boys, shrimp and oyster egg rolls and more. There also are nonseafood items, snowballs and desserts.

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