By Whitney Rivers Vaught
At the University of Georgia, we are still on our high from our big win against Florida at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. This past weekend, we continued the celebration by spending the weekend with alumni and our parents. It was not only our homecoming game, and it was also parents weekend at my sorority.
“Nothing beats coming back to the University of Georgia as alumni,” says my mother. “I love the feeling of being back in Sanford Stadium, and walking under the Arch, while I laugh and watch my children walk around it.”
My mother can walk through the arch at Sanford Stadium because she is an alumnus of the University of Georgia. She likes to journey back to Athens for a break from her busy everyday life, and looks forward to her yearly visit.
“I love everything about The Classic City,” she says. “No matter how long it’s been since my last visit, it always feels as if I never left”.
Not everybody that celebrates gameday in Athens is an alumnus of the University of Georgia. Karen and Ken Deere might be the biggest fans in Athens even though they did not attend The University of Georgia.
“I love everything about UGA and SEC football,” says Karen. “Ken and I went to a small (2,200 student) college up north, so this is a huge exciting change for us.”
They have season tickets and a host a tailgate every gameday. They invite their daughter Meghan, and her friends to attend.
“We love the tailgating, the sea of red and black in the stadium, the band, the people-watching from our second-row seats, says Karen. “All of it is great fun!”
There is no better way to come together before a game than with family, friends, and food. Before the homecoming game, we gathered at the Deere’s tailgate. Parents came from as far as Raleigh, North Carolina to cheer for the Dawgs
No matter where you come from, you are guaranteed to have a good time in Athens. Ken Deere says it best, “There is nothing else like Saturday in Athens!”