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18th Annual WMPG Fat Tuesday Celebration & Cajun Cooking Challenge Takes Place February 12

WMPG, Southern Maine’s Community Radio station at the University of Southern Maine, is hosting its 18th annual Fat Tuesday party, celebrating Mardi Gras with volunteers, listeners, USM and greater Portland. This event will take place from noon-3 p.m., iFebruaru 12. n the Woodbury Campus Center on USM’s Portland campus. It features Cajun food from local restaurants and the opportunity to vote for your favorite dishes. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $3-$5.

WMPG also will broadcast Mardi Gras music from the site of the celebration, and Sylvain’s Cajun Aces will perform live in the Woodbury Campus Center Amphitheatre at 2 p.m.

Restaurants participating in this year’s Cajun Cooking Challenge include: Hot Suppa, Po’ Boys & Pickles, Gritty’s, Great Lost Bear, Congress Street Bar & Grille, USM Dining/Aramark, Local Sprouts, Pepperclub, Empire Dine & Dance, Silly’s Restaurant , Izzy’s Cheesecake, and last year’s winners, Bay Side Bowl.

Any restaurant, individual, or organization is welcome to enter the Cajun Cooking Challenge. There is no fee to enter.All entries must be pre-cooked and set up on the table by 11:30 a.m. and the table must be staffed from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Entrants are welcome to bring banners and promotional materials for their establishment. Winners will be announced over the air on WMPG after 4 p.m. To enter, contact WMPG Development Director Dale Robin Goodman at 780-4151.

WMPG is a volunteer-driven non-profit community radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day from the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. WMPG broadcasts an eclectic schedule of programming, which includes music of many genres, local public affairs, and news, all free from corporate influence. Local listeners, businesses and organizations provide a large portion of the funding for WMPG.