Apple Cup tailgating starts one day early in Pullman

Apple Cup tailgate starts one day early!

PULLMAN, Wash. – Beyond the turkey, pies, and mounds of food – this is the time for football!

The Washington State Cougars have a big game Friday against their in-state rival Washington Huskies in the 109th meeting for the Apple Cup.

Of course, in true Cougar fashion, die-hard fans are already tailgating outside Martin Stadium on Thursday.

Everyone at the tailgate said the real deal Thursday was about friends and family. We met one family who was having a big thanksgiving meal – but Todd George will tell you, it was a meal times ten.

“We could have done turkey, but that’s a little too traditional,” George said as he put his prime rib on the grill.

Yep. Prime rib.

Prime rib, in a family divided. Because at this turkeyless tailgate, their rooting for the Cougs and whoever those other guys are.

“We’re all together, there’s nothing else to do to have family time,”

Tina McKeel said there is nothing like family at a WSU tailgate.

“Every year you meet new people. You have new friends, you have that experience,” she said.

McKeel and her family are WSU proud. Many of them went to school here, so it is no surprise that they bring a whole crowd every year.

“We have about six turkey’s. We have three or four hams. We have a whole spread,” McKeel said.

If you can believe it or not, it is not just about food, or who is rooting for who. It is about tradition.

“Whenever you’re up here at WSU, it is a whole new atmosphere. It just kind of takes up part of you and this is why we do what we do,” she said.



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