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Franklin Street Gumbo Cook-Off a huge success

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Beautiful weather and tasty gumbo made a perfect combination for a successful first-time event Saturday on Evansville's West Side.

The Franklin Street Gumbo Cook-Off began at noon, and Franklin Street Events Association president Amy Word says wristbands sold out two hours later.

She says the event raised $5, 640 to be split between 14 local non-profit organizations.  In addition to that money, many of the non profits raked in additional funds through a People's Choice voting system. 

Word says the Gumbo Cook-Off will definitely be back next year.

"It was wonderful.  It was great to see.  There were families out, babies in strollers, kids, people walking the street which is ultimately, for all of these things with the Franklin Street Events Association, it is to bring awareness to our street, it is to fill businesses with people.  So it is so nice to see such vibrancy, so many people, so many participating in community, and obviously in this case, a community that gave back to a lot of non for profits," said Word.

In addition to raising funds, businesses and non profits also competed for gumbo bragging rights. 

The winner for Most Exotic gumbo was Special Olympics Vanderburgh County.  They also claimed the People's Choice Award, raising $500 in votes.
 
The title of Most Spicy went to Holly's House.  Most Traditional was awarded to Another Chance for Animals. 
 
Piston's Bar won for Most Spirit.
 
The Best Business Gumbo went to Thyme in the Kitchen, followed closely by Gerst Haus, Lamasco and Tin Man Brewing Company.  They'll now get to show off a special gumbo trophy.
 
Now that the Gumbo Cook-Off is in the books, businesses along Franklin Street are gearing up for the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl happening Friday from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.
 
Wristbands are available at 13 different Franklin Street locations.  They are $5 and cover a shuttle service during the event and a free cab ride home to locations in Evansville (not to other bars or restaurants).
 
On Saturday a brand new Mardi Gras Grand Parade begins at 4 p.m.  If you'd like to watch the parade, you're asked to line Franklin Street from Wabash Avenue to St. Joseph Avenue.
 
For more information on these events or the Franklin Street Events Association, "like" them on Facebook or visit http://franklinstreeteventsassociation.com/

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