Alpharetta hosts tailgate

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta is passionate about football and what else goes hand-in-hand with pigskins other than grilling?

Downtown was the site of the city’s Grilling and Gridiron tailgate party on Sept. 7.

The event was a fundraiser for the Lionheart School, which focuses on children with autism.

“I think it’s a great thing for the school and a wonderful thing for people to come out and support the city of Alpharetta,” said griller Roselle Kenny.

Community groups and restaurants served hundreds of attendees on the blocked-off Old Roswell Street near Milton Avenue. In addition to grilling there were also beer tastings and, of course, football on a huge flat screen.

Grillmaster of Alpharetta, best beef, best chicken, best tailgate and best of the rest were all judged and awarded as a crowd of football fans clustered in lawn chairs on the grass to watch the Georgia Bulldogs win against South Carolina’s Gamecocks 41-30.