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Tailgaters set-up shop early for pre-bowl game fun

Fire up the grill, fill up the ice chest and grab your favorite people - that's all it takes for a tailgate.
Fire up the grill, fill up the ice chest and grab your favorite people - that's all it takes for a tailgate.
It’s become an annual tradition for local football fans.
"Trying to get a little tailgate in," said Thomas Inman, tailgater.
They set-up bright and early thanks to bowl game's 11:30 AM kick-off.
"Course, good food and good drinks are the main part of it," said Kris Walker, tailgater.
John Gender can't believe his good fortune.
"We're here to watch Arizona Wildcats beat Boston College,” said Gender.
The Arizona-native is based at Barksdale.
"Normally, I have to go home to see them, but they actually came to me.  Out of all the places in the country they came here," said Gender.
However, not everyone partying in the fairgrounds parking lot is here for football.
“I couldn't even tell you who's playing in the game itself," said Donna Aubrey, tailgater.
They came for the atmosphere.
“The atmosphere is everything.  It’s cool.  Bunch of people that want to hang out, enjoy the football game and have a good time," said Inman.
Grilling is also high on the list.
"We got some pulled pork, pork chops, and also some Italian Sausage on the grill," said Gender.
Kris walker considers himself a professional tailgater.  Between checking his grill and making new friends, he makes time for a game of beer pong.
"You need games to play to keep you busy while somebody's cooking," said Walker.
The most important ingredient for a successful tailgate…
"It’s all about the company, and the people who join around you," said Walker.
Some of the tailgaters we spoke with were having so much fun out in the parking lot --- they weren't sure they would even make it inside the stadium for the game.

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