DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) _ Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk 3/8 It's time for the Sixth Annual Shemp Festival.

''Grand Moron'' Leo Honeycutt of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge was to preside over events today and Sunday to honor former Three Stooges member Shemp Howard.

Among the festivities is the Hoi Polloi Ball, a monster pie fight with 1,000 custard pies, and a Pie Queen contest.

The festival is the brainchild of assistant Fire Chief Kirk Landry, mechanic James B. LeBlanc and state Deputy Fire Marshal Aaron Hebert.

Proceeds go to the Fire Department in Donaldsonville, about 55 miles west of New Orleans.

The pie queen's crown, made from an unfilled pie shell, is not necessarily given to the most gorgeous entrant.

''It's got nothing to do with looks. Of course, that doesn't hurt,'' Landry said Friday. ''It's 10 percent attire, 30 percent participation and the other 60 percent is judged on degeneration.''