Tailgate at Vicksburg High School

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Tracy Lovell holds the bone that Vicksburg and Three Rivers football teams contest each year in their final game of the season.

By Sue Moore

The Vicksburg Community Tailgate is firmly embedded in school tradition. It brings students and parents to a place where local businesses and organizations can showcase their products and services. The ninth annual event will take place between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 8 between the middle school and the high school.

And it precedes the home football game when the Bulldogs face off against the Plainwell Trojans at 7 p.m. and the Big Red Machine will be performing its major show of the year at halftime. Free hot dogs are part of the lure for kids and many of the vendors hand out trinkets and memorabilia that the kids love to collect.

Over 1,200 people attended the Tailgate in 2016. That many or more are expected by Alyssa Thompson, Vicksburg’s community education director who is in charge of the Tailgate. There will be entertainment on a make-shift stage while the Tailgate is going on and before the band steps off at 6:45.

The public is encouraged to attend and see what the many local businesses and nonprofit organizations have to offer.

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