Press Release
February 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tammy Sharp
Media Relations

Leesville to celebrate Mardi Gras with trio of downtown events

Shown here are contestants from the 2013 Dicky Berry Gumbo Cook-off.

LEESVILLE, La.--A trio of events is set to take place in downtown Leesville March 1 to celebrate the Mardi Gras season.

Gumbo Cook-off

First up is the annual Dicky Berry Gumbo Cook-off beginning at 7 a.m. at S. 3rd Street and E. Lee Street in downtown Leesville.


Cooks can enter one of three categories as individuals or teams for $30 each and a chance to win $1,000 for first place or $100 for second place in each category.  


Organizations and businesses are allowed to enter. The categories are chicken and pork, seafood and wild game. Entries will be accepted no later than February 26, 2014.


Judging will commence at 11:30 a.m., with three judges scoring each gumbo on appearance, aroma, consistency, texture and flavor.  Tasting begins immediately following the judging. Tickets for tasting are $7, with beer and soda available for purchase.


For a complete set of rules and an entry form, visit  Entry forms and fees may be mailed to Friends of Leesville Main Street, 101 W Lee Street, Leesville, LA 71446 or dropped off at the Main Street Office located at the Old Courthouse, second floor, at 201 S. Third St., Leesville, LA 71446.


For more information, call 337-239-2444 Ext 9. Please make checks payable to Friends of Leesville Main Street.  


Mumbo Gumbo Mardi Gras 5K

Also set for March 1 is the second annual Mumbo Gumbo Mardi Gras 5K at 9 a.m., at Oak Pointe Wellness Center 800 1/2 South Third St Leesville, LA 71446.  


The 5K is hosted by Team RWB (, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activity.  


Proceeds from the race will benefit Team RWB. Packet pickup for the race is from 2-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, at Oak Pointe Wellness Center, 800 1/2 South Third St Leesville, LA 71446.  


For more information on the race visit Facebook website at


Mardi Gras Parade

Finish the day with the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce's annual Mardi Gras Parade, set to roll at 2 p.m., rain or shine, down S. Third Street. For a parade entry form, call the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce at 337-238-0349.