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Tailgating 101

Level 1 for the WIAA State Championship tournament begins this weekend. Almost every football fan knows that big games require a good amount of tailgating prior to the game. Tailgating is a long-standing American tradition in many football communities. Whether it is a high school football game, college game, or NFL game, tailgating is a prominent pregame activity.

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I have learned a few things about tailgating that might help you prepare for your next parking lot party. Many of the things I have learned from tailgating experiences at Lambeau Field, where you can see some expert tailgaters.

Tips for the best tailgate:
• Make sure you arrive at least 3 hours early so you have plenty time to set up, eat, and clean before it’s game time.
• A mini grill is a necessity. Try to find one that is gas, charcoal can be messy and a hassle.
• Keep all grilling supplies together and contained so you always have what you need for grilling.
• Another necessity, plastic cups and paper plates. Don’t hassle with dirty dishes.
• One of my favorite tailgating set-ups I have seen included a bloody mary bar. Set up the bar in the back of your car when you have the tailgate open.
• Don’t forget the music! You can either bring a portable CD player of iPod dock. Make sure you download a good tailgating mix.
• Make sure you have all your food planned out ahead of time. You want everything that needs to be marinated ready to go, make sure dips are made, and desserts are pre-cut.
• Pack your cooler before you go and use frozen water bottles to keep things cold. You may also need to use ice if you are chilling beverages.
• Always clean up the mess you make, so bring garbage bags for fast clean up.

Well, I hope these tips help you have an awesome tailgating experience. Remember, that the tailgate is only the preface to the big event, which is the football game. Just make sure you don’t party too much that you miss the game.

Happy Friday!

-Hannah

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