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Virginia Tech named a finalist for best tailgate by Southern Living

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:23:37 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 10:42:37 PM EDT

Hokie fans sure know how to make an impression! Virginia Tech has been named a contender for "The South's Best Tailgate" by Southern Living Magazine

BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Virginia Tech is a finalist for the south’s best tailgate, according to the magazine “Southern Living.”

The publication named the Hokie tailgate experience as one of the 15 best in the South. Fans are allowed to vote daily for their favorite tailgate until September 30. CLICK HERE to vote for your favorite tailgate: http://www.southernliving.com/food/souths-best-tailgate-00417000079284/?iid=magazine-tailgate-vote

Virginia Tech was chosen because "Hospitality reigns: Away fans always feel welcome."

Here is the news release from Southern Living:

 Southern Living announces this year’s top schools for tailgating in the South. The 15 contenders in the second-annual competition are featured in the September issue, hitting newsstands August 23. Fans will ultimately determine the school that hosts“The South’s Best Tailgate.”
“In the South, pre-game celebrations matter as much as what happens on the field,” saidSouthern Living Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman. “We’re asking readers to decide which school best honors our great tradition of Southern hospitality with the most stylish and spirited spread.”
Rally around your favorite Southern team and vote daily until September 30 onsouthernliving.com/tailgate or via smartphone by scanning the corresponding image in the September issue with the Digimarc Discover app. One vote per person per day is counted toward the final tally, and votes cast on Saturday 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.
Southern Living announces the roster of universities vying for “The South’s Best Tailgate”:
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.
Southern Living chose the universities based on the following criteria:
• Most Spirited: Schools that turn “fan” into “fanatic.”
• Traditionalists: Schools renowned for game-day rituals.
• Powerhouses: Southern schools with a history of winning on and off the field (the most bowl victories).
• Style Setters: From sundresses to cake stands, these schools showcase true splendor in the grass.
The September issue of Southern Living tackles tailgating with recipes for the ultimate make-ahead game day spread including Homemade Cherry Soda, Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers, and Whiskey Whoopie Pies.
Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States.