Fall Family Event – Tailgating

Most family events are geared totally toward the kids.  Rarely is there an event that is something dad enjoys.  Here is the exception:  tailgating.

I didn’t grow up in a family that tailgated.  To be honest, I’m not even sure when I realized this was something that people did.  Attending NASCAR, college football, baseball, and other events with tailgaters I can see the appeal.

A few thoughts:

  • You don’t need tickets to the game.  I’ve been to a NASCAR race and seen people do big time tailgating and watch the race on TV.  At first I thought this was crazy, but you get the atmosphere of a big game/race without spending money on the tickets.  You may need a couple of parking passes though.
  • You don’t need a pro game.  Tailgate the local high school football game.  Have a student in a ‘secondary’ sport.  How fun and encouraging would it be for your kid to get some families together to tailgate their sport.
  • You don’t need a lot of money.  In Atlanta, I’ve seen people spends tens of thousands of dollars on tailgating.  Just get a grill, meat, table, and some fixins’ and go tailgate.  Get a few other families involved to bring something too.
  • Bring ladder ball and corn hole for the kids to play.  I’m sure your local Wal-mart may have some other cheap outdoor games that kids love.

Tailgating – make it a family tradition!


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