By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Saturday’s free tailgating event in Fairpark will feature four SEC football games.
Pigskins in the Park will kick off at 11:21 a.m. with a live broadcast of the Arkansas at Vanderbilt game.
The game will be shown on a jumbotron in front of City Hall. The screen has been optimized for daytime and night-time viewing, according to information from the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
The event also will feature a live broadcast of the Georgia at Florida game at 2:30 p.m.
The final two games – Ole Miss at Auburn and Mississippi State at Kentucky – kick off at 6 p.m. The games will share a split screen, with sound alternating between quarters.
Renasant Bank, C Spire Wireless and the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee are the sponsors for the event.
This is the second year the event has been hosted in Fairpark. Last year, the event featured two games. This year, John Oxford with Renasant Bank said the organizers wanted to expand to an all-day SEC event.
The park opens for tailgaters at 10 a.m. Fans are invited to bring chairs, blankets and school paraphernalia. Grills and coolers with alcohol are not allowed.
Romie’s BBQ, Papa V’s and KC’s Fun Food will have food available for sale. Beer and beverages also will be on sale at the event.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.