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Four “F's”…Football, Food, Fellowship and Fenners

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina is one of the top tailgating places in the country during college football season on a Saturday. The same can be said for the town of Mountain City when high school football is being played on a Friday.
Only 35 minutes separates the two towns but they both have a few things in common. Each love their football teams and pregame meals. And Longhorn fans know how to do it up right.
One family has become “King of the Hill” when it comes to fixing up food for this occasion. And they don’t need to cook with propane to serve up a “Boomhauer” special.
Mike Fenner and his brother Blake along with Mike’s son Colton started this event back in 2006. And it’s grown into a big tent city surrounded by food, fun and games with wall-to-wall people.
“My son (Colton) and I started doing it several years ago, said Fenner. “Then our families started coming and others. We would invite people from our church and that was the start of some good fellowship. It’s something we all look forward to each Friday.”
Blake remembers the time when it was tough to get a spot on game night. Now each camper pays $200 per season for a spot. All the money raised goes to the football team.
“I used to come and wait on someone to pull out after school on game night, said Blake. “But I like the way it is now. It helps us and it helps them. It’s something we all enjoying doing.”
Kevin Burchfield, manager at Farm Bureau, was busy getting his grill fired up. Some opted for chicken, pizza and finger foods.
I was offered a chance to each at four different sites. It hurt me to say no, but unfortunately I had loaded up on Mexican food just minutes before arriving.

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