DAY AT THE PARK: Football fans gather at Fairpark for games

By Danza Johnson | NEMS Daily Journal


TUPELO – Even though a wide range of games were shown on the big screen in Fair Park, only two mattered to those who were there.
Hundreds of people showed up for Pigskin in the Park to watch Ole Miss play Auburn and Mississippi battle Kentucky in road games on Saturday evening. And despite both teams having losing records, fans like Melvin Stanford and Robert Madison voiced their dislike for the other’s team.
“Ole Miss sucks,” shouted Stanford from under his Mississippi State tailgating tent.
“I guess that’s why you guys are undefeated, huh,” Madison fired back.
Even though the Fair Park grounds aren’t the Junction or the Grove, tailgaters still made the best of it.
“I wasn’t about to drive to Auburn to watch the game today, so I had already made up my mind that I was going to just watch it from home,” said Seth McNeal. “But this works out much better for. Bigger screen, lots of food and lots of friends. Then I get to look over and see the pitiful look on the MSU fans’ faces as they lose tonight. Priceless.”
A live band entertained while the games were being shown. Youngsters in MSU and Ole Miss jerseys and played football in the grass while their parents enjoyed the games being played on the screen.
Despite the tailgating zone being split between fans of the Rebels and Bulldogs, it was a united day of football fun.
“We do a lot of trash talking back and forth between State and Ole Miss fans, but on days like today we are just here enjoying football and each other’s company,” said Stanford. “Now when the Egg Bowl comes, it will be a different story.”
The annual Battle for the Golden Egg game is Nov. 26 in Starkville.