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“This is the third year we’ve gone with the tailgating theme,” said NLEF Committee Chair Nancy Beall. “It’s been a very popular format and one that is a family affair. Wearing favorite college jerseys, showing football games on the big screens, and serving a wide range of food lends to a more enjoyable night.”
Highest bidding items in the live auction were naming a North Lamar street, won by the Buster family for $4,000, and the barbecue, crappie and hamburger dinners for twenty which together brought in $2,500. Condo packages to Corpus Christi and Horseshoe Bay went to high bidders Angie Carter and Larry Beall while the Dale Hanson Golf package went to North Lamar’s newest trustee, Tim Stone. James Dawson once again secured $1,000 worth of lawn care by Daughtrey’s Lawn Service.
Michelle Cowling, mother of Panther quarterback Jacob Cowling, couldn’t leave without getting the 2013 autographed Panther football helmet. Power Jack owners Shannon and Paul Stephens outbid all to gain the Mavericks Basketball package. And, going home at the end of the night with an AKC registered British Lab puppy was Freddy Smith.
Popular and unique to the silent auction was a 2014 Graduation package which included reserved seating, parking, photo session, and decorative memorabilia. Bill Porter won the coin toss and spirit basket which will give him rights to toss the coin for the North Lamar vs. Paris football game on November 1. Additionally, homemade pies and cakes from some of North Lamar’s best bakers kept bidders circling for top bids.
Baylor University tailgaters won the Traveling Spirit Scholarship by receiving the most monetary votes of $374 and will allow a 2014 graduating senior a $500 scholarship to Baylor. Texas A&M University has earned the most votes the last couple of years enabling two North Lamar graduates to receive scholarships to Aggieland.
Pictured–Renee Noble, right, serves herself tamales from the Texas Tech tailgate as fans Nicholas Noble, Jacob Roberts, and Kelli Stewart, in far back, react to the college football game being shown on the big screen.