Taylor Mathis is a food photographer, tailgating explorer and the author for the tailgaiting blog taylortailgates.com. As summer begins its transition to fall, Mathis hits the road to explore some of the best pre-game festivities in the country.
Mathis spends much of his time visiting perennial football powerhouses in the NCAA’s top division like Georgia, Wisconsin, Florida, South Carolina and Michigan, yet this season he found his way to a more intimate but just as passionate fan base at Emory & Henry.
The author had no problem finding some of the great tailgating foods of the South, including a seafood broil, Brunswick stew, ham rolls and bountiful portions of grilled meat. Yet, during the Homecoming weekend, Mathis discovered what truly makes Emory & Henry a unique place to spend a Saturday.
Mathis may have first learned about Emory & Henry because of his friendship with the great-granddaughter of Dr. Rolfe L. “Little Doc” Hillman (E&H Class of 1914), but he certainly left the campus with his own impressions of the college.
“While the stadium might be 1/20th the size of the larger programs out there, this in no way correlates to 1/20th the tailgating ability,” Mathis states on his blog taylortailgates.com. “Sure there may be less people on gameday, but that in no way means less passion. I could argue that Division III’s atmosphere is more of a family environment.”
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