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Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off to heat up football fans Nov. 6

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Tailgaters will have the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills as Southeastern Louisiana University celebrates its fourth annual “Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off” Nov. 6. 
     The public is invited to taste a variety of gumbo entries during the free contest and vote on their favorite as the Lions take on Northwestern State, the last Saturday home football game of the season.
     Each “taste-and-vote” will cost $1 with proceeds going to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which has adopted the event as its annual fundraiser. Gumbo tasting and voting will take place from noon - 5 p.m. Each participating tailgate site will be identified with a “Tasting Station” sign and will have a jar so everyone can vote for their favorite flavor.
     “This year, in addition to a Fan’s Choice winner, we will have celebrity judges voting on their favorite gumbo for a Judges’ Choice winner,” said Erin Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs. “Bring as much gumbo as you like, and see how your recipe matches up to some of Louisiana’s finest tailgate chefs.”
     Winners will be announced during halftime of the 6 p.m. game and will receive Lions Game Day Gumbo Champion paddles. 
     Cowser said the event raised hundreds of dollars last year and that this years’ cook-off is expected to be even better. “We plan this event for the final home game of each season in the hopes that the weather will cooperate and be perfect for gumbo,” she said. “What better way to get in the fall mood and Lion sprit than enjoying some hot gumbo with your Southeastern friends and family?” 
     Tailgaters have until Nov. 3 to register for the free contest. For those without a tailgating spot, reservations can be made through the Lion ticket office, 985-549-5466.
     For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call Cowser’s office at 985-549-5861.

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