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JUL-AUG 2017

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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r e A d u s o n l i n e A t w w w . C i t y s o C i A l . C o m Combine over 100 vendors, job seekers, businesses hiring, community organizations, restaurant samples and flood recovery information with a parish council cook-off and you get the Livingston Parish Expo. The chamber's expo, highlighting all things Livingston, in its sixth year, stayed on track and moved forward with its Back 2 Biz theme. The crowd size may have dipped a bit, as was expected, but the enthusiasm, participation and determination was maintained—showcasing once again the resiliency of the area. In 2016, a feature of expo, "Stirrin' the Pot", was added and mayors from across the parish were invited to participate. The friendly competition and jabs began, all in good fun, between the mayors that year. For 2017, parish council representatives were invited to step up their cook-off game. The rules this year were "cook's choice" after cries of foul-play when Mayor Gerard Landry won the jambalaya cook-off with gumbo by vendor's choice in 2016. It's called "Stirrin' the Pot" for good reason. Councilman John Wascom of District 4, which includes Denham Springs, brought the win back to his district with his smoked salmon dish. Who wins a cook-off with smoked salmon, right? Still, it was fantastic, as was John's showmanship and perfect pairing of the dish with a chardonnay. Part two of the cook-off, meanwhile, was to bring more awareness to a community cause. Councilman Jeff Ard won that portion by collecting the most for his cause, St. Jude. In April, the chamber highlighted local high school seniors with its annual State of Education and Scholarship breakfast. Twenty-one student received scholarships. Students awarded the scholarship include Jasmine Hendry of Albany High; Austin Barnes, Grace Dugas, Krysta Mostert, Caroline Taylor and Thomas Fuentes of Denham Springs High; Emily Beever, Haleigh Jones and Kaitlyn Rayborn of Doyle High; Jack Dalberg and Gabrielle Chenier of Live Oak; Reeves Blankenship and Shelby Chandler of Springfield High; Evan Bergeron, Cameron Hood, Katelyn Prescott and Samantha Hebert of Walker High; and Nathan Penalber, Eric Forbes, Jessica Litolff and Macy Dufrene of Holden High. Superintendent Rick Wenzel was present, headlining the speakers with his update on school recovery. Upcoming calendar events held by the Chamber include an application period for Leadership Livingston Class of 2018 in July; and the State of the Parish address in August on the one-year anniversary of the Great Flood. Moving forward, the Livingston Parish Chamber will be hosting its inaugural Women's Leadership Event to be held at Forrest Grove. Last, but not least, the 2018 Expo is on the calendar and booked for May 1st! By April Wehrs Photos provided by Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce l ivingston Chamber is s tirrin' the Pot Group of Councilmen. In the back row, John Blount, Expo Chairman; John Wascom, District 4; Middle row, Gary "Frog" Talbert, District 2; Tracy Girlinghouse, District 7; Front row, Maurice "Scooter" Keen, District 3; Jeff Ard, District 1; and R. C "Bubba" Harris, District 5 In the back row, Macy Dufrene; Grace Dugas; Cameron Hood; Tommy Fuentes; Austin Barnes; Evan Bergeron; Reeves Blankenship; Jack Dalberg; Nathan Penalber; Eric Forbes; Caroline Taylor; Gabrielle Chenier. Seated, Jasmine Hendry; Katelyn Prescott; Krysta Mostert; Kaitlyn Rayborn; Haleigh Jones; Emily Beever; Jessica Litolff. Not Pictured are Shelby Chandler and Samantha Hebert 2017 Vendor's Choice Stirrin' the Pot Cook-off winner—John Wascom, District 4 Councilman 36

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