Our daughter, Gina, and her family had a wonderful tailgate experience at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, last weekend. It gave them a chance to join family who live in Ames along with many of their cousins’ friends.The party was not on the tailgate of a truck. The cousins had a large white tent set up with tables, chairs, and a TV for those who did not want to attend the game. There was a smorgasbord of food and beverages. There was an area with a bouncy house, basketball shooting contest, corn hole, and other activities for anyone interested. It was like a festival!The American Tailgaters Association is an actual organization that helps sporting sites organize these events. The tailgating experience is so large that at Iowa State there were trolleys to get people around the tailgating lot. The practice of tailgating dates way back, but it has recently grown and become even more popular than some of the games themselves. As I mentioned earlier, some people watch the game from the tailgating site and never go into the stadium.When you attend your next college football game, check with others going and see what kind of tailgating experience you might expect–and have fun!