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MANDEVILLE,La. - Plans were unveiled Wednesday for the new Mandeville City Seafood Festival set to take place over the Fourth of July weekend.

'It's been a very challenging situation. I have a lot of people that are getting gray hair, including me, over this, but I just didn't want to see the festival not occur,'saidNick Chetta, who is putting on the event.

Chetta is stepping up to host the newfestival after the Mandeville Seafood Festival, which ran for more than 30 years, folded under financial struggles a few months ago. Plenty of people are happy to hear of the revival.

Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said, 'Too many times we see businesses close or we see the Krewe of Orpheus who had to leave for financial reasons.I'm happy to see someone else, another organization is going to make an effort to keep it as part of the community.'

'I've always been supportive of someone taking it over and I just hope he does a great job because I think it's something we don't need to lose,' said a Mandeville Seafood Association board member Ricky Windhorst.

Besides the 'unbelievable' musical lineup, Chetta said there will be 'delicious' food and crafts.Organizers say the new festival will be more spread out along the beachfrontat FontainebleauState Park inMandeville and while there won't be any rides for the kids, there will be plenty of activities for families.

Admission for one day is $15. Admission for two days is $20. Admission for three days is $30. Kids admission is $5. Children five and under are free. Visitors will have to pay a $2state parkfee.

The hours on Thursday are from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. The hours on Friday and Saturday are from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. For more information, visit

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