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Tailgate to kickoff Hampton's homecoming weekend festivities

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Knoch's Benjamin Lowery, left, closes in on Hampton receiver Jon Floss during first half action Friday night Friday, September 27, 2013, at Knoch High School.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Hampton's Eddie Edwards, right, comes down with a touchdown catch over Knoch's Asa Adams late in the fourth quarter Friday, September 27, 2013, at Knoch High School.

The Hampton Township School District community from the youngest students to alumni will gather for an annual celebration of the blue and gold.

The 11th annual Talbot Tailgate will kick off the homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 4, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hampton Middle School parking lot with the Hampton Talbots facing Hollidaysburg Area at 7 p.m. across the road at Fridley Field.

This year's Talbot Tailgate event will feature 36 booths sponsored by each building's parent teacher organization, sports teams, school clubs and alumni classes.

“I think what makes it special is it involves every school building,” said Liz Perrone, who is organizing this year's tailgate. “It's not just for the high school, it's not just for the middle school. All of the activities, each building contributes to it. Everybody gets together for one evening and has a fun time.”

Entertainment will be provided by several Hampton musicians, including Brooke Bailey, Liam Flaherty, Ann Hodos, Molly Beardsley, and Ryan Salisbury, Owen Dugan-Bacha, Ethan Steinmetz and Zach Leya.

Many booths will offer food items for purchase and include everything from hot dogs to crepes and tacos to sauerkraut and kielbasa.

Hampton's graduating classes of 1973 and 1974 will attend this year's event and host booths.

There will be games and activities at each of the booths and several groups this year are raising money for a charitable cause. The middle school sponsored table will sell Talbot towels with proceeds going to students in need, the dance team will sell cupcakes to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and another booth is selling bracelets for Connor Michalek, a Hampton first-grader diagnosed with Medulla Blastoma brain cancer.

Because parking is at a premium around the field and middle school, there will be a shuttle running from 3:30 to 7 p.m. from the high school to the middle school. Return trips will be available following the end of the football game.

For Perrone, who has children in the elementary, middle and high school building, the tailgate is the one time each year she is able to contribute to an event that benefits each of her children.

Perrone said it is one of the reasons the Talbot Tailgate has turned into one of her favorite school events of the year.

“They go all out,” Perrone said of the tailgate participants. “It's really inviting and energetic. When you walk down the school road and back around (the middle school) it's just amazing. There are pillars of balloons marking the entrance to the tailgate. It's just a fun atmosphere.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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