Quincy tailgates before the homecoming football game

The baseball tailgate at homecoming 2023

On September 30th, Quincy University had tailgating before the homecoming football game. 

The tailgate started at 9 a.m. and lasted until the football game was over. 

People started showing up before the designated start time to find the best spot. 

There were many people there including alumni, students, parents, faculty, and coaches

“It’s a lot of fun getting to come back and see all our friends and former teammates at the tailgate. I love being able to come back to support the team I played for and I also for other sports as well. It means a lot to support the university that I went to,” Nathan Hoebing said.

Parents socializing at the homecoming tailgate.

Tailgating brings people together, allowing friends, family, and even strangers to bond over a shared passion for the university. It provided an opportunity to connect with others who have similar interests, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie around campus.

“We made pulled barbecue pork, homemade macaroni and cheese, chips, and Scott Terry’s for dessert. We’ve also got brownies and candy corn,” Micheal Martelli said. 

The tailgate  involved cooking and grilling delicious food and enjoying cold beverages. The variety of food and drinks available added to the enjoyment of the event, as people often brought their favorite recipes and shared  the food with others. 

There were various types of food at the tailgate. Some people started to cook early in the morning. 

Their food of choice was breakfast food. They cooked biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, and sausage. Some people got creative making breakfast sandwiches with sausage replacing the bread. 

Others decided to wait till lunch time to start cooking. Some of the food they prepared was burgers, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, pasta salad, and much more.  

Some of the tailgaters even shared recipes.

A couple of students playing dye at the homecoming tailgate.

“I would say baseball had a fun tailgate. They had the most people there and great music. They brought cornhole, a die table, and a football. It should be a great, fun time,” Kyle Bovee said.

Many of the tailgating parties included games. Some of these games were cornhole, washers, baseball, and die. The games helped create a festive atmosphere. 

Tailgating can lead to memorable moments and stories that people carry with them for years. Whether it’s a memorable game, a funny encounter, or a great meal shared with friends, these experiences can become cherished memories.

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