It was a very very fresh experience for me to attend a traditional (I think) american activity “Tailgate,” which is a party that friends and families gather together and enjoy a fun time.
Usually, the day people do tailgate is the day that there is a sport game held such as football, baseball, or whatever sports. Normally, the game will begin in the late evening. Therefore, starting from noon, people tailgate near the stadium and wait the game starts.
I was invited to attend a Tailgate last Saturday in South Bend by a Kitchen and Bath product company named GERBER, a more than 70 years old brand (Thanks ^^). For many years, GERBER is dedicated to developing high quality, comfortable to use and consumer-oriented products. Their key product is toilet. Thus, the GERBER tailgate team used their creativity to display their toilets at GERBER booth. It was really cute and made me laugh (see pictures ▼) . I think GERBER must be a company with many friendly, energetic, and creative talents.
GERBER website : https://www.gerberonline.com/
The temperature last Saturday in South Bend was 21℉. For a girl from Taiwan, it was a terrible weather. I thought it might be a miserable that stayed outdoor the whole afternoon. However, thanks to the sweet GERBER team. They prepared heaters (saved my life..), hot food and dancing music. I bet our booth was the best tent since I felt more and more people came to join us for dancing, laughing, of course, getting warm. It was not a miserable. On the other hand, it was fun.
This tailgate was held in the Notre dame University. I was waiting to watch the college football game in the evening. But before the game began, I took a walk and saw how other people tailgate. Again, I thanked that GERBER prepared heaters and a warm tent for us because people in other booths looked so cold. (Of course I did think Americans might be crazy.)
In addition, a campus tour of the U. of Notre Dame is must. This campus is big and soooo…..beautiful. I also can feel that how residents there work hard to keep the school history and tradition. It’s a place that you can visit and enjoy different seasonal views in any season.
At 15:30, there was a bagpipe performance in this golden dome church. How lucky was I. I saw the traditional show. Here is a clip for sharing.
Now, it was time to watch the college football game. The game tonight was U. of Notre Dame v.s Florida State University. In addition to the game, the opening show was worth to see. Here they are.
Generally, I think tailgate is an important activity that makes friends and families can be together. Everyone enjoys the barbecue or cook, eat, drink, talk, dance, laugh…It’s a good opportunity for people to social. I appreciate that I was invited and had the chance to learn the American/Irish culture. It let me know how Irish love and care about their tradition. All the residents really work hard or have the mindset to keep on it. Also, the University of Notre Dame does great job on marketing. South Bend is a small town. But every time there is a game, the sport always can attract many many people come in. It helps the business of hotels, restaurants, and stores. Especially visitors like to buy U of ND related products.