Northern Illinois University fans will have a chance to show off their school spirit during the inaugural Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate before the NIU Football homecoming game, Saturday, October 2 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, craft beer from Sycamore’s Forge Brewhouse and 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 including a Fatty’s Pub & Grille gift card, certificate for one-night stay at Genoa Guest House and items from Bold Spirits of DeKalb County partners will be awarded to tailgates exuding the most “Huskie Spirit and that best use DeKalb County Bold Spirits products within their tailgate.

The judging for the competition starts at 11:30 a.m., approximately two hours before kickoff the 114th NIU Homecoming Game vs. Eastern Michigan. Fans can register for the Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate via the form below or by calling the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau toll free at (877) 335-2521.

Registration for the Bold Spirits Huskie Tailgate is currently closed.