7th Annual Papa George Fairchild Jambalaya Cook-off set for Sept. 8 in St. Gabriel

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The 7th Annual Papa George Fair child Jambalaya Cook-off will be held Sept. 8 with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event takes place on St. Gabriel Church grounds in St. Gabriel.

Through the past 6 years this fundraiser has raised over $62,000 for the children of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

George Fairchild was a family man, that loved to cook. He was born and raised in St. Gabriel. Papa George (which is what everyone called him) was the first World Champion Jambalaya Cook of the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales, in 1968.

Local cooks and some from the surrounding area will be cooking chicken jambalaya on wood just like Papa George did in 1968. Cooking will start at 6 a.m. with winners announced at 1:30 p.m. There will be a mini-pot cook-off for children starting at 10:30 a.m.

Come out and enjoy some good music or just enjoy spending the day watching these cooks, cook like they did in the first Jambalaya Festival. Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family and sit under the old oak trees.

Starting at 11 a.m., jambalaya will be sold for $5 a plate and served with white beans, and bread. The ladies of the area will be selling all kinds of homemade sweets.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 with a chance to win a homemade LSU quilt, St. Jude Children’s quilt, and lots of other donated gifts. T-shirts, hats, and Koozies will also be sold.

Free admission, the public is welcome.

Cooks, helpers, volunteers and donations are needed. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus 3796. For more information, go to www.papageorgefairchild.com contact: Grand Knight, Marcus Roy at 603-6172 or coordinator, Theresa Roy at 642-5545, 939-6369 or 642-9724.