Adventures in Kentucky: Tailgating

By Matt Stephens | 

This past Saturday, the Western Kentucky University football team played and won its final home game of the 2007 season.

In this Nov. 19 Adventures in Kentucky, Matt Stephens decided to travel to Western and explore all the activities that take place before the kickoff.

Every WKU home football game, thousands show up to watch the Toppers take the field.

But not even the most dedicated fan can watch the game on an empty stomach and that's why there's tailgating.

We found that a few dedicated fans spare no expense when it comes to their tailgating experience, using freezers, cookers and stereo systems.

There are even professional tailgaters.

"I've learned the art of tailgating. What you do is pretend you know everybody. Stop by call out a name like John or Sally and your guaranteed a free meal," one tailgater said.

But many Western fan's tailgate for reasons other than food.

"It's so much about being out here with our family and friends and supporting our team here at Western," another tailgater said.

Even the best tailgater around, Dr. Gary Ransdell, tell us what you like about tailgating.

"I love it. It's good to see kids playing and adults having fun. It's what colleges campuses should be like on game day," Dr. Ransdell said.

We also found plenty of other pregame activities to stay entertained, including cornhole and even some backyard football.

And what game would be complete without Big Red!

So hopefully now you know the right way to tailgate for a Western football game.

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