By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
With the start of the regular season for high school football this past Friday, the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Main Street of Louisville hosted their annual Giant Tailgate Party on Tuesday, August 14 in front of Citizens Bank.
The tradition of the tailgate in Winston County has become a staple of the beginning of the football season for the local teams. The event has been held for the past 12 years, as has given the residents of the county the opportunity to come see their team before the start of the regular season.
This year’s tailgate would include all the teams from the county with the exception of Nanih Waiya, who held their “Meet the Warriors” event on the very same night.
The Master of Ceremony for this year’s event was Winston County Tax Assessor Larry Woodward. Woodward thanked the Chamber and Main St. for hosting the event, as well as thanking all the teams that participated over the past 12 years.
Woodward then led the crowd in an invocation and the pledge of allegiance. Woodward then introduced Director of the Career and Technology Center James Robert Webb, who made a special presentation to the crowd.
Webb recognized LesliJayne Pickett and Hayden Stokes for placing 1st place at the National HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Convention in Orlando, FL from June 20-23. The duo competed against 45 teams with a project that raised community awareness about Sanfilippo Syndrome.
The ladies then presented an award to Noxapater student Quinn Gregory, who is affected by this disease. Gregory and his family thanked the ladies for all their hard work and dedication to raising awareness of this disease, as well as finding a way to eradicate it.
After the presentation, the introduction of teams and their coaches took place. The Louisville Wildcats were the first team to be presented. Head Coach MC Miller addressed the crowd regarding the upcoming season, and then introduced his players. The Louisville High Cheerleaders then performed a cheer for the crowd.
Up next were the Winston Academy Patriots, who were led out by new Head Coach Bo Milton. Being new to the event, Milton told the crowd how he thought the event was an excellent idea and was excited in being in the moment. He introduced his players to the crowd, followed by the Winston Academy Cheerleaders performing a few cheers.
The last team introduced was last season’s Class 1A State Champion Noxapater Tigers. New Head Coach Justin Hunter addressed the crowd about the team’s success last season, as well as their expectations for the upcoming year. He introduced his players, followed by the Noxapater Cheerleaders performing their cheers.
Woodward then ended the ceremony with a few words and the crowd soon dispersed. The Chamber of Commerce and Main Street would like to thank all the fans and students who came out to participate in this event.
For more information on The Chamber of Commerce/Main Street, you may contact Linda Skelton at 662-773-3921.