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Iberia Gumbo CookOff on-site event canceled this year

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 18:19:48-04

The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce (GICC) has canceled the on-site event for the 2020 World Championship Gumbo CookOff.

The decision on the 31st annual event held in October came after a discussion during a special meeting of the Board of Directors this morning. The Board voted against hosting the on-site event.

“We all love gumbo and the gumbo event, but when it came to the final decision the board vote was about doing everything the Chamber can, as a leading organization, to protect our greatest asset which is our people. The Chamber’s work is dedicated to creating the best quality of life possible. Seeing Iberia Parish and regional COVID-19 cases increasing again, not moving into Phase III of the State’s re-opening plan are all indicators that hosting such a large event is not in the best interest of our residents and visitors,” said Wendell Verret, First Vice-Chair/Gumbo Event Chair.

The Chamber says that plans are underway to offer a virtual gumbo experience which is expected to take gumbo to the world, "since the world cannot come to Iberia Parish this year."

Officials say the proposed event will be a marketing strategy for a return to the World Championship Gumbo CookOff on October 9-10, 2021, for our local businesses and for Iberia Parish attractions.

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