GOACC Sponsors Gumbo Cookoff

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The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) is sponsoring a gumbo cookoff as a part of Orangetober Festival on October 2, 2021. The deadline for entries is Monday, September 20, 2021.

Teams can make chicken with sausage (optional) or seafood gumbo. The entry fee is $50. First, second, and third places will be awarded, as well as a best all-around prize. Cooking begins at 7 AM and judging begins at 2 PM.

Entry forms and rules are available on the GOACC website.

For more info, contact the Chamber at (409) 883-3536.



Granger 5K Walk/Run Scheduled for October 9

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The Annual Granger 5K is scheduled for Saturday, October 9,  2021.  All proceeds benefit the Orange County United Way.

This event is laid-back and fun, but also competitive for the serious runners who need qualification for other races. Vendors will be on-site with giveaways and information that may be of interest to you. Take photos with your teams or groups, and show your support for our local United Way.

Medals are awarded to Top 3 finishers by age group and gender. There are also chances to win great prizes.

Start Time: 8:30am CDT
End Time: 12:00pm CDT
Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.74 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $35.00 after September 23, 2021 at 12:00am CDT

The Orange County United Way will also have a couple of extra fun activities planned for October 9.

Register online hereSponsorships are still available here.

Shangri La Scarecrow Festival Scheduled Oct. 12- Nov. 6

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Our Annual Scarecrow Festival is back and we would love for you to join in on the fun! This year’s festival takes place October 12 through November 6, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friends from all over will be able to enjoy dozens of unique scarecrow contest exhibits, fall flowering displays, thousands of pumpkins, and autumn decorations displayed throughout Shangri La Gardens. Free timed tickets for this event will be available on their website on Friday, October 1, 2021, and are recommended to ensure entry into the gardens as capacity is limited.

Interested in creating your own scarecrow? Each year, talented people from throughout the community and surrounding region create amazing scarecrows made from recycled materials to showcase throughout the gardens. Whether submitted individually, by family, or by groups representing businesses, schools, organizations, or churches, all scarecrow designs are always innovative, inspiring, and environmentally friendly. As always, participation is free. Online registration for the scarecrow contest is available on the Shangri La Gardens’ website.

This year, voting will be open to not only visitors but to those of you at home. All votes will be cast electronically on their website and winners will be announced during Autumn Fair on November 6 at 2 p.m. on Facebook Live. Names of winners, as well as images from the contest, will also be posted on the Shangri La Gardens’ website.

Don’t forget that Autumn Fair is the last day of the Scarecrow Festival, Saturday, November 6! This day of autumn harvest fun will feature family-friendly activities sure to get you in the mood for fall. Free timed tickets will be REQUIRED for entry into the gardens for this event. Visit www.ShangriLaGardens.org to reserve tickets beginning Oct. 1.

Tuesday Update on Tropical Storm Nicholas

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NSW Tropical Storm Nicholas update: 9.14.21 10am

Nicholas will continue to weaken as it slowly moves through the Houston TX area today. Tonight it will slowly turn east and head towards the Beaumont region, before slowing down or even stalling in southwest Louisiana Wednesday into Thursday.

Wind gusts today will be in the 25 to 45 mph range for southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. A few power outages will be possible. Gusts will be 20 to 30 mph across the remainder of the region.

Rain totals will be 4 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Be aware of the road conditions. Traveling is not recommended during flash flood warnings.

Tides will be 1 to 2 feet above normal today and tomorrow. Minor coastal flooding is possible during high tides.

There is only a marginal 5% chance for tornadoes today across most of our region.

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