Tailgate party draws crowd

PARKERSBURG – Several people and organizations worked together to provide a successful tailgate party on Market Street last Saturday evening.

More than 150 people attended the party from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Culinary Academy at 707 Market St. Afterward, the participants and others attended the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s performance of “Lombardi,” about the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

The party was free for those who purchased a ticket to the show. That night’s show was sold out.

Several people wore football jerseys of their favorite teams and players to the party.

Culinary Academy director Gene Evans, his family and his culinary students donated their time to prepare and serve food, said Josh Martin of the Actors Guild, who organized the dinner.

WVU-P waived the cost to rent the Culinary Academy space, Martin said. The Actors Guild Marketing Committee sponsored the event and used $300 from the marketing budget for food.

New adjunct faculty member Nicole Kocher prepared brownies and baked items such as freshly made bread. Josh Martin and Jean Newton prepared the chili.

The tailgate menu contained hamburgers, hot dogs, all the fixings, hot wings, chili, potato salad, potato chips, and brownies.

The marketing committee plans to sponsor more of these events in conjunction with future Actors Guild shows, Martin said.