LAFAYETTE — Stone Energy will hold its fourth annual gumbo cook-off Thursday at Cajun Field, with proceeds benefiting United Way of Acadiana.
For a $10 gate fee attendees will be able to sample as much as they want from the 108 gumbo teams entered in this year’s contest. They’ll also enjoy the music of Louisiana artist Sammy Kershaw.
Organizers say the event, which runs from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., is a family-friendly affair that will feature activities for children, including face-painting. There will be a raffle with a variety of prizes, including a golf cart.
Gumbo cooking teams will compete in three categories: seafood gumbo, chicken and sausage gumbo, and the People’s Choice Award.
Last year, United Way of Acadiana officials said, the event raised $16,000 for programs to help children graduate high school on time, help poor people achieve financial security and to assist families with meeting basic needs.
Stone Energy Chief Executive Officer Dave Welch said in a news release that United Way’s early childhood development programs, like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Early Head Start, help get young children ready to start and succeed in school.
United Way of Acadiana President Margaret Trahan said the cook-off has grown each year, as have the proceeds from the fundraiser.
Last year’s cook-off winners were: seafood gumbo — Maxum Industries, Doerle Food and Stone Energy’s deepwater division; chicken and sausage gumbo — Supreme Services, Louisiana Valve Source and C&C Technologies; and People’s Choice Award — Stone Energy’s accounting division.