Gumbo fest debuts tomorrow

Grayson's annual gumbo and file festival will take place at the Grayson Community Center tomorrow, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

(Photo by ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT)

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Have you visited the Town of Grayson?

The city, located seven miles south of Morris and west of HWY 266 and intersection 52, has a population of 159. Though the town is small, it contains a hidden gem: file. 
File is a spicy herb made from dried, ground leaves of the sassafras tree. 

Residents of Grayson grow the trees and use the spice to cook up homemade gumbo and sassafras tea. 

Every year, the town invites people across the nation to taste-test and purchase their goods at the Grayson Gumbo File Festival. 

This year's festival debuts tomorrow, 10 a.m-4 p.m at the Grayson Community Center located at 24160 Martin Luther King. 

The event will consist of a presentation of the rich history of Grayson, live music, vendors, inflatables for children, a turkey shoot, face painting, a 50/50 drawing and more. 

All funds raised at the event are used to support the Town of Grayson and their volunteer fire department. 

Spectators are also invited to partake in a dine-in or carry out dinner of seafood gumbo or file gumbo served with a dessert and drink. 

For questions, contact Grayson Mayor Leon Anderson at 918-906-6299 or Ruby Jean at 918-652-3909.

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