UT fans spend Thanksgiving tailgating



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Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 28 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- While lots of families enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday at home, plenty of others happily spent the day in a parking lot tailgating.

The makings of a traditional family Thanksgiving are the turkey, parade on TV, and a game of washers.

Erv Wheatley says he started tailgating about 25 years ago, and that "it gets bigger and bigger every year."

Wheatley has a new addition this year -- his granddaughter Avery.

"We are getting her ready. Starting her early," said mom Amanda Swor.

Swor started tailgating with her dad when she young.

Thursday the family of three generations celebrated their team and enjoyed turkey cooked in a propane powered cooker on Congress and 17th Street.

"My son is running around here somewhere. It's his second Thanksgiving down here. My family would come every year when I was a kid. We came when Texas played A&M," said Swor.

That's a tradition that changed last season after Texas A&M left the Big 12 Conference to join the SEC.

"It's a little different, but there is nothing you can do about it. We just go with the flow and play whoever comes along," said Wheatley.

"This year I didn't know if there was going to be a game at home or not, but there was, and we're real excited," said Swor.

"We back the Longhorns win or lose," Wheatley said.