Solomon Temple Wins Gumbo Cook-Off

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Solomon Temple AME Zion Church has won the first annual JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off. The church was awarded the ‘Golden Ladle’ trophy in front of the entire fairgrounds. The competition was judged by Alan Sudduth of Chevron, Cedric Sargent, owner of Mississippi Sound Seafood, and Chelsea Gee with Ad.In Advertising.

The judging criteria was based on taste, presentation and consistency. “Solomon Temple had 5/5 rankings for each category. Their gumbo had a slight kick to it, but wasn’t too spicy. It was presented in a tasteful fashion and the consistency was perfect”, says Alan Sudduth. 

It was not an easy competition to judge and several other churches came close to also taking home the prized golden ladle. Safe Harbor UMC placed 2nd and Morning Star Baptist Church followed in 3rd place. However, Safe Harbor UMC took home the ‘People’s Choice’ award for the public’s favorite gumbo. 

“We hope everyone had a great time and the churches enjoyed a little friendly competition”, says Jamey Foster,-MC of the event. “JaxCoHome is already excited for next year’s event and we hope that everyone will bring their best gumbo to win back the golden ladle for their church”, says Foster.  

JaxCoHome would like to thank everyone who came out to watch and the churches for allowing us to have fun with this. 

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Gautier’s Mullet Festival Hopes to Draw Crowds and Offer Family Fun

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Gautier is gearing up for a day of fun and entertainment at its 27th Mullet and Music Festival, presented by Waste Pro, Mitchell Distributing, City of Gautier and Jackson County.  With events beginning at 9 a.m., the day features two music stages with all day performances including artists Kristian Cowart, the Highway Sisters, Amanda Jones Band, Deuces Wild and country music legend Ronnie McDowell. 

McDowell, who highlighted the festival two years ago, will return to the stage and perform from 7-9 p.m. followed by a fireworks show.“He brought a big crowd then, and we hope he will draw another great crowd this year,” said Jan McQuillen, chair of the festival.

Over 100 craft and food vendors will be on site to sell their wares and delectable treats. “We’ve had some returning vendors and have new vendors from all over,” adds McQuillen.

Also available on Saturday will be the official festival print from artist Willie Dees. Dees print, “The Magic of the Mullet Festival,” was selected as the winner for this year’s Mullet Festival art competition.

Car enthusiasts can take part in the Car and Truck Show from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   On site registration is available for the classic car show, and cash awards will be given to the crowd’s favorite.

Children are included in this year’s event and can enjoy the day at the Kids Zone, an area especially for them. The Kids Zone includes includes bounce houses, McDonald’s Play and Learn Zone, bubble balls and concludes with a glow stick disco party from 7-9 p.m.

You can even bring your pets to the Bicentennial Pet Parade from 1-2 p.m. Pet owners are encouraged to dress their pets in bicentennial attire, and prizes will be given for best costumes

“This is Gautier’s biggest festival, and we are hoping to draw a crowd to our city and bring our community together for a day of fun,” said McQuillen. “In year’s past, we’ve had 10,000-15,000 people at the festival, and we are hoping for good weather and a good crowd”

For more information on the festival, contact McQuillen at 228-215-0828 or check out their Facebook page,

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Churches Face-Off for Gumbo Cook-Off

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Tomorrow is the day for the first annual JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off. The contenders? Nine churches who will face-off for best gumbo at the Jackson County Fair. 

The food booths are known for serving their gumbo to the public during the fair week, but this year’s cook-off will add a competitive edge to the event. Each booth will provide a sample of their speciality gumbo to be evaluated and judged by each of our judges. The judges will rate the gumbo on a scale of 1-5 based on taste, presentation and consistency. The food booth with the most points will be announced at 12:00 PM and will be awarded with the JaxCoHome Golden Ladle-not to mention a year’s worth of bragging rights. 

The booths competing are as follows: Morning Star Baptist Church, Caswell Springs UMC, Liberty Church, Solomon Temple, Parkway Baptist, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Faith in Word Ministry, Safe Harbor UMC and Ashbury’s Temple. 

There will also be a People’s Choice vote taking place. Fair-goers will be able to scan a QR code at the event or visit to vote for their favorite gumbo. The People’s Choice winner will officially be announced by end of day. 

“We’re ready to see who wins it”, says Jamey Foster with JaxCoHome. “It’s a friendly competition amongst the churches and we hope to make this an annual event”, he said. 

So come out to Booth 2 from 11-12 and take part in the first JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off! 


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Local Judges to Be Featured at JaxCoHome Gumbo Contest

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On Wednesday, JaxCoHome will be hosting Jackson County Fair’s First Gumbo Cook-off. The competition will be held at the JaxCoHome booth (booth 2) underneath the food pavilion at the fairgrounds from 11:00-12:00 p.m., with the awarding to take place at noon. The competitors include the food booths who are known for selling their gumbo throughout the fair week. 

Three local judges are set to determine which booth will win the prized Golden Ladle. The first judge is Alan Sudduth, Public and Government Affairs Manager for Pascagoula’s Chevron Refinery. Sudduth holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from William Carey University. 

Stacie Vande Wetering makes the second judge. Better known as ‘Cheffie’, she is the General Manager/Executive Chef of Singing River Yacht Club. She is also a F&B Ops Veteran and winner of last year’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. She started her culinary career with an apprenticeship at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala. She lived in Atlanta for two decades and worked for two years in Manhattan. And she was the executive chef at Lakewood Club in Fairhope, Ala. Cheffie has worked in hotel kitchens, high-end restaurants and for catering services.

Last, but certainly not least, Alexis Bradley makes our third judge. Bradley owns the new restaurant in Pascagoula, Mississippi Sound Seafood. The restaurant is located on 1908 Martin Street and is already a huge hit among local seafood lovers. According to their Facebook page, the restaurant has a 4.8 rating and over 180 reviews of people raving about the ‘friendly staff’ and ‘lunch specials. 

Come out and watch who takes home the JaxCoHome Golden Ladle and will earn gumbo bragging rights for a year! 

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First Seafood Festival To Be Held in Ocean Springs

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This weekend, Ocean Springs Seafood and Music Festival will be hosting their first ever event. 

The two-day festival will consist of competitions, cook-offs, live music and of course- seafood. It will be held Saturday, Oct 14, 4-10 pm and Sunday, Oct. 15, noon-10 p.m. and will take place in Pleasant’s BBQ parking lot on Government Street.

Guests are invited to come out and try your hand at the casting and cast net competition and win some amazing prizes. Listen to great live music, get some amazing fresh seafood dishes, and experience over 30 vendors.There will also be other food options for those who do not favor seafood.

Additional activities for the festival include: a rod and reel casting competition, blue crab race, hermit crab derby, inflatable kids amusements and much more.

The cook-off will take place on Sunday and consist of 15 chefs from all over the Coast who will be competing for the best seafood dish served at their booth. OS Mayor Shea Dobson, State Representative Hank Zuber, and Tim Bennett of Overtime Sports will be the featured judges for the competition. Over 200 people are expected to attend the event.  

The days and acts for the music lineup are as follows: 

Saturday, October 14th:

Johnny Fung Band 1-4
Low Down & Dirty 4pm – 7pm
Amanda Jones Band 7pm – 10pm

Sunday, October 15th:

Eddie Montoya Project 1pm – 3pm
Serabee 3pm – 6pm
The Jokers 6pm – 9pm
Mitch Stewart – All Day

There will be $5 to $15 entry fee and kids 12 and under get in free. 

For more information, visit their event page on Facebook or call (228)-235-3992. 

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Hang Your Bra on Moss Point Bridge for Breast Cancer Awareness

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MOSS POINT- Singing River Federal Credit Union will host their 7th Annual Bras Across the River event and Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 14th. 

The event will start at 8 am, where thousands of bras will be strung across the Moss Point bridge, beginning at Pelican Landing. There will be a Fun Run/Walk at 9 am, following the hanging of the bras.

Singing River Federal Credit Union is partnering with local businesses including the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to make this event a success. The annual event donates all funds to the American Cancer Society where those are marked for helping victims & families on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and increasing research abilities to find a cure for this disease that affects so many in our area. SRFCU will donate $1 per bra to breast cancer support on the MS Gulf Coast area.


Jimmy Smith, President / CEO of Singing River Federal Credit Union says, “The Bras Across the River event is greatly successful in raising funds for local Breast Cancer awareness and support. We could not do this without your community support and the partnerships of many local businesses. Everyone should get involved.”


Attendees can register for the event at or call 228.475.9531 for details and registration information.

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The Golden Ladle: Who Will Take Home the Trophy?

The challenge has been made! Jackson County residents will have the chance to take part in the first annual “Golden Ladle” Gumbo Cook Off and the tension is building! The prize? One year of bragging rights and the “Golden Ladle” trophy.

The cook off will happen at the Jackson County fair on October 18th at 11am. Judges will award winner at 12 noon. Competitors will be the infamous food booths that are well known for their culinary delights during fair week. Judging the competition will be Jackson County’s own Alan Suduth from Chevron, Stacie Wetering, better known as “Cheffie” from the Singing River Yacht Club, and Alexis Bradley, the owner of the new Misssissippi Sound Seafood restaurant in Pascagoula.

In addition to the official Gumbo Cook Off, there will be an online “People’s Choice” that will be available on the JaxCoHome Facebook page. Stay up to date by following s on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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The prized “Golden Ladle” trophy

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mgrc, chevron team up to support early childhood education

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To raise awareness of early childhood education and the importance of reading, Chevron and the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (MGRC) organized a “Read to Me” event at Kreole Elementary in Moss Point.

PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Jay Don Blake read to the pre-K children as part of the “Read to Me” program that is associated with Excel By 5.

Also, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to early childhood education, Chevron, in partnership with the MGRC, made a $25,000 contribution to Excel By 5 to support local community literacy programs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Chevron Launches ‘Fuel Your School’ Campaign at Pecan Park Elementary


Chevron kicked-off its annual Fuel Your School campaign today with a delivery of school supplies worth approximately $10,000 to students at Pecan Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs.

Public schools in Jackson County face funding challenges similar to those nationwide, resulting in many teachers spending their own money to purchase materials for their students and classrooms. To help alleviate some of this need, Chevron has again launched the Fuel Your School campaign – a fund raising effort to help provide critical education resources to Jackson County schools. 

Beginning October 1st through 31st, Chevron will donate $1 dollar (up to $50,000) every time motorists purchase 8 gallons of fuel or more at participating Chevron or Texaco stations in Jackson County. Community members can track how much money is being raised in their city, as well as see funded projects and feedback from educators who have been helped by visiting

Through the Fuel Your School campaign, educators at public schools in Jackson County, Miss., will have the opportunity to apply for new materials to enhance learning in their classrooms.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects will be considered for funding.


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Grand Bay NERR Celebrates National Estuaries Day

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On Saturday, the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) celebrated National Estuaries Day by hosting ‘Seaside with  a Scientist’. The event offered education, free lunch and a boat tour. 

Guests were taken by boat through beautiful Bayou Heron to meet scientists and explore several different types of habitat. They were also able to tour the interpretive center and enjoy their exhibit hall full of interactive displays by other related organizations. The tour’s lunch was sponsored by Chevron and provided to the first 200 guests to arrive for the event. 

“Each year during NED we invite the community to our Coastal Resources Center here in Moss Point to allow them to spend a day in the shoes of a scientist. We take them by boat into our estuary where they meet NERR scientists, learn about some of our research, and explore different habitats,” says Dennis McGrury with the Grand Bay NERR.

The event was a success and served as a great learning opportunity for the people of Jackson County. Guests learned how scientists conduct research in the field and use that information to help protect our estuaries and other coastal habitats.

“While we will continue the tradition this year, we plan on adding a little more to the NED experience”, says McGrury.

For more information on the Grand Bay NERR, visit their website at

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