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Super ‘Gate II and Supertailgate Throwdown

Category: Super Bowl, tailgate, RV
Source: St. Petersburg Times
Publish Date: Friday, January 30, 2009
Summary: At the southeast corner of Hoover Boulevard and Sligh in Tampa, around the corner from the Florida Tile Design Center, gleaming RVs are convening for several days of, as they describe it: meat, beer pong, meat, music, poker, meat and meat.

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Super ‘Gate II and Supertailgate Throwdown

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Chuck Knauff of Imagination Face Painting paints Jim Roemer of Pittsburgh outside Raymond James Stadium on Friday. [Chris Zuppa | Times]

SUPERGATE THROWDOWN: Al Lopez Park in Tampa was perfumed with barbecue. Charcoal and kettle smokers were filled to capacity with ribs, chicken and pulled pork Friday afternoon, but few were buying. In truth, the urban park on Himes Avenue was all dressed up but no one had come. Dozens of bounce houses hummed with electric pumps, no children jiggling their innards.

Rich Wright, a concessioneer from Sarasota, had aimed big for the three-day tailgate event, outfitting Mr. Potatohead’s Fresh Cut Fries, a funnel cake concession, another one for soft pretzels, a fresh-squeezed lemonade stand and the Coconut Climbing Tree. He explained, wincingly, that each 20-foot location rented for about $1,300. It will take a lot of Mr. Potatohead fries to recoup the investment, but so far the crowds have been thin, owing to yesterday’s bad weather and today’s low temperatures.

At the park’s outskirts, a young man named John leans against the counter of The Wacky Wire. The midway game’s objective: Using a looped wand, wind it down the rotating wire without touching the wire and setting off the buzzer. “I did it right my fourth time,” John says proudly. How many customers has he had today? Two.

SUPER GATE II: At the southeast corner of Hoover Boulevard and Sligh in Tampa, around the corner from the Florida Tile Design Center, gleaming RVs are convening for several days of, as they describe it: meat, beer pong, meat, music, poker, meat and meat. By Friday afternoon, propane tanks stood in a long regiment, at the ready. Gas grills and other barbecues had been requisitioned but not yet deployed.

Flags — sports teams’, American and those more cryptic in nature — snapped briskly in the wind while a fleet of Canyon Star recreational vehicles settled into position. Without the iconoclastic excitement of the first day of Burning Man, this little impromptu RV community is sponsored by Cholula Hot Sauce, which promises to spice things up later today and tomorrow.

--Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic


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