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.
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