From sweltering heat to torrential downpour, Mountaineer fans party on

WVU tailgateBy the time I arrived to the first tailgate of the season at 9:30 a.m., I felt like I was wrapped in a thin layer of Saran wrap. The day started off so steamy I felt like I was breathing through a straw by the time I made the 1.8 mile trek from our hotel to the gold lot.

But West Virginia fans are as hardy as the Appalachian Mountains, and sweltering heat and humidity aren’t going to keep us from celebrating the most exciting Saturday of the year.

WVU tailgateOur appetite for college football is enormous. And throughout the sweltering day, we were steeped in fun and fellowship with our Mountaineer family.

At about 3:30 p.m., however, Mother Nature did an about-face and the sky suddenly opened up with monsoon-like rain. The students tailgating next to us rushed for cover under our canopy tent.

WVU tailgateAs the rain thudded against the cloth and blew into our tent, we huddled together as snugly as a mama bear and her cubs.

My Bose sound system never stopped playing as we swayed and sang “Country Roads” and “Piano Man” in unison.

WVU tailgateOther tailgaters weren’t so lucky. But they weren’t about to let wind and a heavy downpour rain on their tailgating parade.

WVU tailgate Now those are some diehard fans.

Dave also didn’t pass up the opportunity to continue grilling and making sure folks were well fed.

WVU tailgateAll in all, the first tailgate of the year was a smashing success and I can’t wait to do it again this Saturday. Let’s go.


  1.'Mark Mouser says

    It was an epic tailgate — My crew has been in the Gold Lot (over toward the tennis courts) for years now. Come on over and say hi sometime.

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