Gumbo's on the menu at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Saturday.
The school's 11th annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off will take place in Friendship Circle during tailgating for the 7 p.m. game against Sam Houston State and alongside rescheduled Homecoming activities.
Rain and inclement weather from Hurricane Nate had postponed festivities previously set for Oct. 7.
"This Southeastern tradition provides tailgaters with the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills ... while also supporting Lion student-athletes," a news release says.
The public is invited to sample gumbo at the various tasting stations around Friendship Circle and vote for their favorites by stuffing coins and bills in designated voting jars at each site.
The voting jar with the most money will win the 2017 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally, a Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples from each of the chefs. Both winners will be announced at half time and will receive Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef. The registration form can be downloaded from the SAAC page on the Lions Athletics website at lionsports.net. Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to bring spoons and the amount of gumbo they are willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
Tailgaters have until Friday to register. Completed registration forms can be faxed to (985) 549-3495 or scanned and emailed to Kennemer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest is open to any group, whether or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
For information, call (985) 549-2256.