The 21st Great Southern Gumbo & WingDing Championship at Sandestin marks the event's growth with 21 participants

Jan 14, 2010, 09:40 ET from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

DESTIN, FL, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ - The area's favorite Gumbo and WingDing Championship is heating up with the largest number of participants in the event's history. Purchase your tickets now for the 21st Great Southern Gumbo & WingDing Championship held over the Martin Luther King Weekend, Saturday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Market Shops at Sandestin.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the event. Receive a $5 discount on the entry fee by donating five or more non-perishable items. To purchase tickets online or for more information visit are available for purchase through participating businesses and restaurants and at United Way of Okaloosa/Walton Counties. A portion of proceeds will go to United Way's Caring & Sharing of Walton County and Walton County Education Foundation.

Celebrity judges will hold blind judging contests for the "Area's Best" awards for gumbo and wings. Festival attendees will vote for "The People's Choice" awards. By voting, guests register to win a Super Bowl Party from the People's Choice "Best Wings" Restaurant Winner and prizes.

Take advantage of the extended Martin Luther King Holiday and stay steps away from the excitement, book overnight accommodations at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Call 866-91-BEACH or visit Sandestin offers savings of up to 30 percent based on the number of nights booked when using the stay and save promotion.

Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America, located on Florida's Gulf Coast. A 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and ages, Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of 30 neighborhoods featuring 1,500 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. A member of the Beaches of South Walton, the resort features more than seven miles of sugar-white sand beaches and pristine bay front property, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, fitness center, spa and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with boutiques, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues. Sandestin is part of Intrawest, a world leader in destination resorts.

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