On September 20, 2014, the International Gumbo Festival is officially returning to Jackson. The event will include a gumbo cook-off, blind judging to name the “International Gumbo Festival Champion”, and fantastic live music throughout the day.
The International Gumbo Festival was established in 1992. The festival moved its home to Smith Park in 1995 and remained there until 2003. Now, ten years later, the festival will return to that same location, the family-friendly green space in the heart of Jackson.
In the past, the festival hosted major acts such as Three Dog Night, David Allan Coe, and Bad Company. This year’s lineup includes North Mississippi Allstars, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Wild Magnolias, Soulshine Family Band featuring Andrew Pates, Fondren Guitars Student Rock Band.
The revival of the International Gumbo Festival is exciting for Jackson, especially with such a special beneficiary, the Harold T. and Hal White Memorial Scholarship. Festival representatives are confident that Jackson and the state of Mississippi will unite behind this unique event.
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