The Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate is back for the 2023, as NIU Football fans will show off their school spirit during the Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate before when the Huskies take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Saturday, September 23 at Huskie Stadium.
The event is a collaboration between NIU Athletics and the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCCVB) and will celebrate the loyal support of Huskie Football fans and their contributions to the gameday spirit in and around Huskie Stadium over the years.
Fans participating in the Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate are encouraged to integrate “homegrown” DeKalb County products – particularly food and beverages from DeKalb County Bold Spirits partners – into their traditional tailgate fare. Fans can enjoy apples and apple cider from Jonamac Orchard in Malta, DeKalb’s Byers Brewing Company, wines from Waterman Winery (Waterman) and Prairie State Winery in Genoa and spirits from Whiskey Acres Distillery in DeKalb.
Prizes will be awarded to tailgates exuding the most “Huskie Spirit” and that best use DeKalb County Bold Spirits products within their tailgate.
“Our Bold Spirits businesses create award-winning products, and, like NIU Athletics events, our Bold Spirits partners attract visitors from across the state, the Midwest, and the country to DeKalb County,” said Cortney Strohacker, executive director of the DCCVB. “We are very proud of our DeKalb County Bold Spirits partners and are excited to collaborate with NIU Athletics to celebrate the Huskie Football season and showcase to NIU fans, students, and alumni the wonderful makers within our county,”
The judging for the competition starts approximately two hours before kickoff of the NIU vs. Tulsa football game. Fans can register for the Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate online here or by calling the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau toll free at (877) 335-2521.
The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau works on behalf of county stakeholders to attract leisure travelers and overnight visitors to the area’s diverse attractions and resources, which include a major public research university (Northern Illinois University) and a group of creative local makers and artisans known as Bold Spirits of DeKalb County. As the county’s only certified destination marketing organization, the bureau serves as a primary point of contact for meeting planners, sports tournament directors, tour operators, special event planners and travelers.
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