Tailgating…A Way of Life

Growing up in a college town definitely helped me get into tailgating.  I enjoy tailgating for a college game more than I enjoy tailgating for a pro team.  I don’t have a huge tailgating group, but we definitely have fun.  I co-host my tailgating area with a good friend of mine, Danny, and his brother-in-law, Travis.  The three of us gather by UF‘s law school around 7:45 or 8:00 in the morning.  We meet up later than then sometimes, depending on when the Gator game starts.

Once we meet up, we set up our tents, tables, grill and corn hole.  Once we get everything set up Danny and I will go to a great mom-and-pop store across the street called Wilbert’s.  We gather any last minute things we might need and some ice.  Danny and I are both superstitious when it comes to sports so if we don’t go to Wilbert’s we risk the game.  After we gather everything we need one or two of Travis’ friends comes by and we play a few games of corn hole and talk football while I cook up some kind of breakfast.

A few hours later Danny’s family and a few of my friends start showing up.  I’ll pull out my TV and a laptop, we’ll connect to our new generator, and start watching College Gameday and various football games throughout the day.  Around lunch time Danny or I will light up the grill and we’ll put the meat on the grill.  We grill a variety of things.  We try to pair what we grill to who we are playing against, ranging from easy hamburgers and hotdogs to all-day-long grilled ribs, etc.

We’ll all enjoy each others company, a few games on the TV, corn hole and a few drinks (only for those of us that are of legal drinking age.)   We’ll do all of this up until game time.  Danny and I thoroughly enjoy when the Gators don’t play until the evening because we get to eat some amazing food and have a lot of laughs with friends.

What do you like to do during your tailgating gathering?

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Author: Travis Davidson

Growing up in Gainesville, FL around the timber investment and forestry industry, Travis Davidson understands the agricultural community along with the commitment and hard work it takes for a family business to be successful. Travis also understands the residential market in the North Central Florida area. As a graduate of the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Travis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, with a focus in public relations and marketing. Throughout his years at UNF, Travis was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and represented UNF at a Public Relations Society of America conference in Atlanta, GA.  Travis joined his family's businesses shortly after graduation. Travis is currently a Realtor, land manager and forestry operations supervisor, across North Florida, for United Country | Land & Lifestyle Properties and Columbia Timber Company. His father, Jib Davidson, is a Certified Forester and the experiences Travis has learned in land and forestry management has led him to improve several timber investment properties into productive projects for landowners. His experience has also helped many properties attract native vegetation and wildlife to residential, agricultural and natural properties alike. Travis is a member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and Florida Forestry Association where he earned the Master Logger designation. Travis is also an active communications committee member for the Florida Forestry Association.  Travis earned his rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts of America and has become an avid outdoor enthusiast. Travis enjoys hiking, camping and spending time around a campfire with friends and family. His experiences in timber investments and real estate have built Travis' knowledge base and passion for agriculture and the outdoors that continue to grow more each day.

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