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Festivals, fish and fairs offer family fun on the Coast

WILLIAM COLGIN/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD/FILEStephen Wainwright and the band Kracker Dan perform traditional songs during a previous year's Fall Muster event. This year's 29th annual Fall Muster opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Beauvoir in Biloxi.
WILLIAM COLGIN/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD/FILEStephen Wainwright and the band Kracker Dan perform traditional songs during a previous year's Fall Muster event. This year's 29th annual Fall Muster opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Beauvoir in Biloxi. SUN HERALD

Now that Cruisin' The Coast has rolled out of South Mississippi, this week's social calendar vacancies can be filled with fish, films, festivals and fairs.

Always a family favorite, the Church of the Redeemer Fall Festival opens at 10 a.m. Friday at 1904 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. All ages can enjoy the season celebration with games, snow cones, hay rides, crafts, the infamous pumpkin patch and much more. Details: 594-2100.

Costumes are always in style in October, but the 29th annual Fall Muster at Beauvoir in Biloxi encourages a more historical approach to dressing up. Head over to the Jefferson Davis home from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for Civil War re-enactments, traditional music, food and fun for the whole family. Details: 388-4400.

Coast natives are fond of their mullet and music, and Gautier will deliver all the fish and fun you can handle during the Gautier Mullet & Music Festival from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Music lovers can enjoy live performances, and the little ones will have a blast in the children's play area, offering everything from bubble balls and balloon animals to petting zoos and face painting. Adults can head over to Budweiser's beer gardens for a little refreshment during the event, and parents and children alike will appreciate the outdoor movie screening, free popcorn and fireworks on Saturday night. And if you haven't had enough cars yet, check out the festival's exotic car and motorcycle show between throwing, catching, cooking and eating plenty of mullet. Details: 215-0828.

If a little fear gets your blood pumping, head over to the Fear Fete Film Festival & Horror Convention from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, 7-11 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. Meet all your favorite costumed horror villains, enjoy a marathon of fright flicks and attend zombie-themed events, workshops and celebrity panels. Details: 594-3700.

And finally, the 94th annual Jackson County Fair kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday and runs through Oct. 25. Midway rides, games, food and fun are all on the agenda. Details: 769-6043 or 217-1667.

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