The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce(GICC)has waited as long as possible to make a determination about the 2020 World Championship Gumbo Cook Off. While we know the community, as well as the Chamber , was looking forward to the 31styear of sharing the best gumbo in the world this October; after thorough discussion at a special meeting of the Board of Directors this morning, the Board has voted against hosting the on-site event this year. “ We all love gumbo and the gumbo event, but when it came to the final decision the board vote was about doing everything the Chamber can , as a leading organization, to protect our greatest asset which is our people. The Chamber’s work is dedicated to creating the best quality of life possible. Seeing Iberia Parish and regionalCOVID-19 cases increasing again, not moving into Phase III of the State’s re-opening plan are all indicators that hosting such a large event is not in the best interest of our residents and visitors,”reported Wendell Verret, First Vice-Chair/Gumbo Event Chair. On a lighter note, plans are underway to offer a virtual gumbo experience which will take gumbo to the world, since the world cannot come to Iberia Parish this year. The proposed event is inevitably a marketing strategy for return to the World Championship Gumbo Cook Off on October 9-10, 2021, for our local businesses and for Iberia Parish attractions. The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce has been advocating for the local business community since 1939. Led by a twenty-one-member volunteer board of directors, who direct the Chamber’s mission of improving the business environment so our members grow and prosper, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce contributes to the economic prosperity of the community, which ultimately enhances quality of life.