ESPN Tailgate Tour comes to Tweetsie

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 20, 2011
ESPN Tailgate Tour comes to Tweetsie

The ESPN/Charter Cable Football Tailgate Tour, sponsored by Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, will come to Blowing Rock on Thursday, Oct. 20, bringing with it football-themed games and dozens of giveaways and prizes.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot of Tweetsie Railroad.

The Tailgate Tour travels through the Southeast each fall. Admission is free, but donations of money and/or nonperishable food items for the Hunger and Health Coalition of Boone are requested. A portion of food and drink sales will also benefit the coalition.

Nathan Seamone and Rich Brown of the “Short Bus” will sell barbecue sandwiches; chips and soft drinks will be sold by Watauga High School DECA.

Susan Norris, business development manager of Piedmont Federal’s High Country tegion, said the bank wanted to sponsor a fun community event that would appeal to families and benefit a local charity.

“Piedmont Federal is a community bank dedicated to serving Northwest North Carolina, with a home office in Winston-Salem since 1903,” Norris said. “Giving back to the community is a huge part of who we are. With the holidays approaching, we know that the need for the services provided by the Hunger Coalition will be overwhelming. We also wanted to incorporate the talents of Watauga High School in helping us raise awareness about the event and the needs of the Coalition.”

The event is also providing a chance for Watauga High School’s DECA Club members to have a hands-on marketing experience, Norris said.

DECA is conducting a publicity campaign within the school and organizing a competition among its clubs and sports teams to see which group can collect the most canned goods per member for the coalition.

The winning team will receive a $100 prize from Piedmont Federal and a Wii game console from Charter Cable.

A number of Appalachian State University athletes will also participate in the evening’s activities.

The Tailgate Tour’s interactive games allow participants of all ages to test their skills, such as passing, agility and kicking. Those less athletically inclined can test their luck and their skills in sports trivia games.

Other prizes to be awarded at the event include a 32-inch Sony television.

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