August 12, 2013 Slideshows

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The National Collegiate Tailgate Championships 

The second annual Collegiate Tailgate Championship took place in a parking lot on Ivan Allen Jr Boulevard just a ways from the Georgia Dome. This year bought out tailgate members who supported the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, University of South Carolina, Texas A&M, University of North Carolina, and the University of West Georgia. Each team/family entered in various categories to expose their love and support of their favorite college teams as well as for a chance to win prizes.
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Matt Storm, member of "Team G-spot," representing the University of Georgia, maneuvers around an obstacle, in hopes of receiving the quickest time during a race.
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Bob Guenther helps his dog, Boogalu, through an obstacle course during the pet race. Guenther got this 2-and-a-half-year-old bulldog from South Africa and named her after the University of Georgia's only temporary female mascot.
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Johnathon Chastain shows off the Georgia Tech logo he has shaved on the back of his head.
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Lilah Johnson, 1, awaits the judging of the junior clothing competition.
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Randy Meade adjusts his homemade bobble head helmet before heading to the judges tent. Meade took an old Budweiser promotional helmet, spray-painted it with the University of Georgia's colors and logo, inserted a baseball helmet and filled it with caulk. "Go big or go home. We haven't gone home," he said.
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Dylan Martin and Kourtney Johnson play a game of ladder ball during the junior games competition.
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An older couple shows off their 1952 issue of Look magazine featuring Marilyn Moore wearing a Georgia Tech cheerleading uniform.
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Kathy Fulmer shows off her special pink baseball bat that is signed by every member of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team. On May 1, during her fight against breast cancer, Fulmer was presented this bat before a game. She says she rubbed it before every game and that season the Gamecocks won a championship.
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One of the judges tries some homemade salsa prepared by Dusty Bennett who is representing Georgia State University. Bennett received the recipe from his grandfather who lived in Tyler, Texas.
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Beer experts judge home brews during the food portion of the competition.
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Jane Rhodes, a founder of the National Collegiate Tailgate Championships, is interviewed under the judges tent. Jane and her sister are both involved in event planning and wanted to do something for the fans. "Our motto is: We are fans of the fans," she said.
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A member of "Team Hammer," Amy Williams, attempts to aim a ping-pong ball inside a small opening of a grill during an obstacle course race.
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Peyton Long drives around the parking lot in a custom-designed kids car.
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Matt Storm, member of "Team G-spot," representing the University of Georgia, maneuvers around an obstacle, in hopes of receiving the quickest time during a race.
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