The University of Tennessee is among 15 finalists competing for the title of "The South's Best Tailgate," by Southern Living magazine.
According to a press release from Southern Living, the 15 contenders include:
Appalachian State University: Small conference. Big spirit. Plus, a scenic mountain setting.
Clemson University: Can the 2012 winner clinch the title once again?
Florida State University: Palm trees and Florida sunshine. Jealous?
Louisiana State University: LSU kneauxs how to have fun. Bring on the crawfish!
Marshall University: The Thundering Herd goes big – and home and away.
Oklahoma State University: A tailgating crowd that has quadrupled in the past decade.
Texas A&M University: Johnny Football can play the game. But can he tailgate?
University of Alabama: No ticket? No problem. Thousands come for the pre-game action.
University of Georgia: Game day is serious in Athens, and not just between the hedges.
University of Mississippi: The Grove at Ole Miss finished a close second in our 2012 contest.
University of Tennessee: Have riverfront stadium, will tailgate – on boats.
University of Texas: Don’t mess with the Longhorns’ Texas-size tailgates.
Vanderbilt University: Preppy tailgate central: bow ties, blazers, and pearls.
Virginia Tech: Hospitality reigns: Away fans always feel welcome.
West Virginia University: Coonskin caps and crowds in perpetual John Denver sing-along.
“In the South, pre-game celebrations matter as much as what happens on the field,” said Southern Living Editor Lindsay Bierman in the press release. “We’re asking readers to decide which school best honors our great tradition of Southern hospitality with the most stylish and spirited spread.”
Fans can vote for their favorite team at southernliving.com/tailgate through Sept. 30. Daily voting is allowed, and votes cast on Saturdays count twice.
Voters are entered daily for a chance to win $2,500 toward an ultimate tailgate. Southern Living will crown the winner of “The South’s Best Tailgate” at a home game this fall.
The 15 contenders in the are featured in the September issue, which hits newsstands August 23.
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