Bowling Green, KY (WBKO) --- Students and proud alumni spent the day tailgating and celebrating the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers for their homecoming weekend.
The homecoming tailgate started early and fans gathered on Western Kentucky University's (WKU) campus and outside the L. T. Smith Stadium hours before the 6:30 pm kick-off.
The Festival of Friends homecoming tailgate gave alumni the opportunity to celebrate with fellow Hilltoppers
"We come to every game so we think every game is a big deal, but it's nice to see people. I was a Delta Tau Delta and I was just down at the tent, so it's fun to see people you use to see on the hill," said Chris McKinley, WKU Alumni.
The trip to the hill gave students, fans, alumni, and supporters the chance to reconnect before the game.
"Homecoming is so big because Bowling Green and Western Kentucky, as a school, is just a place that people want to come back, a place where memories are made and friendships are formed and everybody just loves coming back for it. It's life long friendships and that's what the spirit of homecoming is all about," said Caroline Cavin, WKU student.
At halftime of the game, fans celebrated the tradition of the 2018 homecoming court, followed by the crowning of the queen.