The 19th annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off lured thousands to Sunset Park recently to enjoy music, refreshments and, of course, gumbo, with a healthy sprinkling of Brunswick stew tossed in.

The weather started off hazy, but after a few hours it was perfect gumbo weather, said Kimberly Shoaf, executive director of the Community Development Council.

Funds raised during the event are used by Special Events for Mexico Beach, Inc. for the Fourth of July fireworks.

Winners in the various categories:

Restaurant Gumbo – 1. Shipwreck Raw Bar of Port St. Joe; 2. Castaways Southern Cuisine of Mexico Beach; 3. Fish House Restaurant of Mexico Beac

Amateur Gumbo – 1. Tiger Dawg Gumbo Kings from Atlanta, GA; 2. Bite Me from Apalachicola; 3. Mo Betta Gumbo from Troy, NC.

Brunswick Stew – 1. Biker Brew Crew from Port St. Joe; 2. El Go Mingo of Mexico Beach; 3. Bite Me from Apalachicola.