The leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are being sold and football fans are gearing up for tailgating before games.
In wake of the season, the University of Northern Colorado hosted its “Kickback Before Kickoff,” the second annual Marcus Garvey Cultural Center Homecoming Tailgate, Saturday morning in the parking lot outside of Nottingham Field.
Tailgating is a tradition for many football fans all over the country. People come together to enjoy a good time before the start of the game and sometimes even during.
Despite the chilly wind, UNC fans geared up for the game against Montana State University with games, drinking, eating and hanging out with fellow tailgaters. There were food trucks, games such as cornhole, a beanbag throwing game, and areas for people to hang out with friends.
To celebrate the tailgate, the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority set up a “Smooch your Pooch” booth where the some of the members brought in their own dogs for others to take pictures with and pet.
Katie Corwin, a UNC senior and member of ASA, brought her two dogs, Benny and Mack for the event.
“It was ASA’s first year doing something like this and we were all really happy with having such a great outcome,” Corwin said.
It cost a dollar to play with one of the dogs and another dollar for a picture with them. All the money made was donated to the Special Olympics and The S. June Smith Center, a center that supports children with disabilities.
“Because it was for a charity we had many people donate more than the regular dollar amount,” Corwin said. “We also had rottweiler puppies and a golden doodle puppy which were big selling features.”
Other booths gave out free Jimmy John’s and Chik-Fil-A and other foods to help raise money for their own charities, run by a few other sororities and fraternities on campus.