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Experience gumbo- western style

Taste the gumbo of the western Bayou by attending the 21st annual API gumbo cookoff.

Everybody has their own take on gumbo -- from seafood to sausage, chicken and maybe ’gater meat, said Marisa Armstrong, who is the API’s treasurer.

The social event and fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 17, at Motel 6, 71 West Museum Drive in Dickinson. Cooking begins at 11 a.m. The public taste testing starts at 6:30 p.m. until gone. Thunder Road starts playing at 8:30 p.m.

“We’ve always had a Mardi Gras theme with the decorations, and we’ll be handing out beads,” she said.

Eighteen teams are competing for trophies and prize money. Door prizes will be available for the public, and there's a 50/50 raffle.

Gumbo recipes  may have originated in the deep South, but this is legitimate home cooked gumbo, Armstrong said.

“It’s an opportunity to try something that isn’t common around here -- it’s an exciting time, very festive, and we have a great band.”

The $10 tickets for admission go to local charities and college scholarships.

The American Petroleum Institute is a trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

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