Fans from all over the country have had the opportunity
to compete in football-themed games and upload
their pictures to www.gridirontour.com Their goal?
To win the coveted title of “Tailgater of the Game.”
The first stop of the tour, a young LSU fan
named Madison was crowned Tailgater of the
Game. Her LSU cheerleader outfit served as a
good luck charm for her team, as the LSU Tigers
beat the UNC Tarheels 30-24.
A few weeks later at the Grove in Oxford, Miss.
Elizabeth Marbury and Claire Jones shared the
title. The two Ole Miss fans cheered the Rebels
on, despite their loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores. The final score was 28-14.
“We couldn’t have asked for better tailgaters
during the first half of our tour,” Jason Fos-
naught, tour manager for the Gridiron Tailgate
Tour, said. “The fans were enthusiastic and they
loved the free food samples and games.”
“It’s great to see families out at our events,” said
Mike McCloud, president and CEO of Trybe Tar-
geting, the tour’s producer. “We’ve tried to cre-
ate an atmosphere that is engaging for all fans,
from ages two to 92, and I think our Tailgaters
of the Game really reflect that.”
During the tour stop in Dallas, Texas at the AT&T
Plaza, Shelbie McDowell and her family took
home the Tailgater of the Game honors. Their
team, the Texas Longhorns, may have lost to the
OU Sooners, but the McDowell’s definitely had
something to cheer about.
Jeffrey Vogt, a UT Volunteers fan, received an impressive 2,200 votes on www.gridirontour.com. All
the voting paid off, as he was named Tailgater of
the Game for the UT Volunteers and Alabama
Crimson Tide match up. It may have been the one
bright spot of his weekend, as the Crimson Tide
rolled over the Volunteers in a 41-10 victory.