Come tailgate, United Way style

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hello Joe, you better go, me-oh my-oh. Natchez best Jambalaya for just five-o!

Tailgatin’ College Football Style will take over the Natchez Convention Center on Thursday morning for the United Way’s fifth annual Jambalaya Cook-Off, where Tigers, Braves, Bulldogs, Rebels and Golden Eagles — among others — will be doing their best in full regalia to outdo each other while producing the best jambalaya in the Miss-Lou.

And the public will benefit from the heated competition, with a complete scrumptious Jambalaya lunch being offered for a donation of only $5.

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Not sure of which recipe suits your taste buds?

Well, for an additional donation of $1 per sample, you can purchase a tasting cup from each serving booth before making your final choice.

“Rosco” and Sherri Rabb from 95 Country will serve as host and hostess, and there’ll be live music by “Mojo Mudd” to keep toes tapping.

Of course, the football-themed “fun raiser” is for a good cause and a great way to “kick off” the United Way’s 2009 Fall Campaign.

United Way agencies will be on hand to tell their stories regarding the valuable service and support their efforts provide to local residents in need.

In that regard, the United Way of the Greater Miss-Lou has always focused on critical issues, like education, employment and housing. It takes the whole community working together to reach our goals in these areas, which includes helping children and youth succeed, strengthening and supporting families and promoting independence and economic self-sufficiency.

Each year, the annual Jambalaya Cook-Off has sold out, so get there early — the Natchez Convention Center doors open at 11 a.m.

You’ll be treating your taste buds to some great local fare while helping support those who need it most.

Terry Trovato is a board member of the United Way.