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The Wizard of Roux: Virtual Gumbo Cookoff
The 2020 World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is going virtual!
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History of Louisiana Sugar Cane
A brief history of the state of Louisiana's top crop written by the American Sugar Cane League.
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2019 Iberia African American Historical Society Journal
The history of African Americans in Iberia Parish (formerly part of the Attakapas district) dates back to the 18th century. The mission of the Iberia African American Historical Society is to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the long, rich, and unique history of African Americans in Iberia Parish; and also, by example and through programs and activities, to encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical materials.
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9 Outdoor Activities in New Iberia
Plan your Iberia Parish adventure and experience these 9 great outdoor activities in Iberia Parish—by land or water.
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6 Reasons Why You Should Travel
By: Brittany Racca COVID-19. By April 2020, there wasn't a source of media in Iberia Parish and the world that didn't encompass those words in some type of coverage. Lives changed overnight and we’re still not sure how life will look post pandemic. Milestones such as weddings and graduations were postponed or cancelled, and home became our sanctuary.  The pace of life slowed down allowing time for families to reconnect. More people had time to relax, reset and rediscover hobbies they loved that they never made time for. 
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Fun Virtual Experiences to Beat Boredom
Fun virtual experiences to beat the quarantine boredom blues.
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Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Online Art Auction
Shadows-on-the-Teche is taking their Plein Air Competition online this year!
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Iberia Travel: COVID-19 Update
Page that will have the most up to date information on Covid-19 openings/closures of Iberia Parish attractions and restaurants offering curbside pickup/online orders, as well as health, business and industry resources.
Dave's Haunts & Jaunts Bus Tour
Making an anticipated return, the "Dave's Haunts & Jaunts" bus tour departs once more this year to traverse the New Iberia of James Lee Burke's famed novels. For those Robicheaux lovers who really want to see the area through Dave's eyes, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival (April 3-5) is offering a guided tour to some of the real-life versions of key places in the detective's world.
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Books Along the Teche Literary Festival 2020
Tickets are now on sale for the official Books Along the Teche Literary Festival to be held April 3-5, 2020, in New Iberia with featured Great Southern Writer, Osha Gray Davidson, author of "The Best of Enemies."
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Shadows on the Teche Plein Air Painting Competition 2020
There will be 30 artists to participate in Shadows-on-the-Teche 2020 Plein Air Painting Competition. Read about everything the event has to offer.
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New Iberia Staycation
When the holidays are over, or you just need a vacation from your vacation, discover some world renowned attractions right in your own backyard. A New Iberia staycation is the fun you need to explore your hometown and with so much to look forward to in the new year we gathered a few for you to enjoy today, or plan for tomorrow.
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2020 Great Southern Writer: Osha Gray Davidson
The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival, Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown, and Great Southern Writers (April 3-5, 2020) is proud to announce that Osha Gray Davidson will be the featured Great Southern Writer on April 4, in downtown New Iberia.
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1944 Expulsion of Iberia Parish’s Black Leaders
The Iberia African American Historical Society (IAAHS) will host a free community-wide symposium in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the 1944 incident that resulted in the violent expulsion of all Iberia Parish’s black doctors and leaders of the local NAACP chapter.
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Remembering 30 Years of Gumbo History
The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is embarking on its 30th year in New Iberia, and we’ve been hard at work perfecting the recipe for the perfect event in the south. Guest blogger Avery Grubb spoke with early participant (and winner of mulitple Gumbo Cookoffs) Kernis Louviere, legendary musician Chubby Carrier and past board member Bart Folse to discuss the beginnings of the festival and why it remains a cultural staple in our area.
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8 Secrets to the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff's Success
Think you know everything about the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff? What about why it was formed, or what it takes to make it in the festival business? The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce's Public Relations & Marketing manager, Terry Dugas, gave us and our readers an insight into the yearly cookoff, what goes into planning such a large event and his favorite flavor of gumbo.
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50 Years of Growth: Cane River Pecan Co.
Cane River Pecan celebrated 50 years of operation in 2019. Read up on how the business got started and stayed relevant in the changing times.
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Spotlight on Delcambre's Wendell Verret
As Director of the Twin Parish Port District, and Delcambre Direct Seafood, Wendell Verret is well known throughout the region. In July, Louisiana Seafood News asked him about one of the newest ventures he's directing, Louisiana Direct Seafood Shop, the e-commerce site where many in the Delcambre Direct fishing community sell their seafood online.
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World Championship Seafood Gumbo Recipe
Every year, on the second weekend in October, the world’s passionate gumbo-lovers gather to celebrate this delicious hearty soup at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. Ninety-plus teams compete for the title of best gumbo in the world. Here is the winning seafood gumbo recipe from 2013.
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