Nicholls Colonelettes host Mini Dance Camp

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University dance team, the Colonelettes, will hold its 2014 Mini Dance Camp Saturday, March 1 in the T.R. Lindsley Hall band room.

Girls aged 3-13 can get dance instruction from the Nicholls Colonelettes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with dance and instruction from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Later that afternoon, the young dancers will perform at the 3:30 p.m. Nicholls men’s basketball game against Incarnate Word.

The camp costs $25 if you register before Wednesday, Feb. 19. Late registration is $35. The registration fee includes instruction, camp shirt, a snack and game admission.

For questions or to register call Dana Aucoin in the Department of Music at 985-448-4600.

Teams needed for Nicholls Gumbo Cook-Off

THIBODAUX — Calling all gumbo cooks: Teams are invited to test their best recipes at Nicholls State University’s Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off Saturday, March 22.

The Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off will be held as a part of Nicholls’ annual three-day Swamp Stomp festival, scheduled for Friday, March 21, through Sunday, March 23. Contestants can compete in seafood and non-seafood gumbo categories and the Bayou Best category, featuring seafood and non-seafood entrees. Awards will be based on votes from regional judges and community participants. Winners will receive a hand-crafted cypress award by artisan Gerald Judice from New Iberia.

There is a $100 entry fee. Teams must register by Monday, March 10. Teams registering after the deadline will pay an added $50 late fee.

The gumbo cook-off gates will open at 12:30 p.m., with competing gumbos being served to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot near John L. Guidry Stadium. The tasting fee is $10, which includes a sample of each gumbo. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free.

For an entry form, contest rules, or more information on the Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off and the Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, visit