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Capshaw effort more than chips and dip

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

CAPSHAW — Six thousand people were coming over for the game.

It was going to take more than chips and dip to prepare for that.

“We pulled together as a community,” East Limestone High School Principal Dennis Black said.

East Limestone hosted the Athens Golden Eagles on Saturday in the season kickoff for both teams. Black predicted it would be the largest crowd ever to watch a high school football game in the county.

“We’ve had 60 volunteers at a time show up to help get ready, from painting the field to marking off parking,” Black said. “We’re not an incorporated city, so I call us a working community.”

The school and community planned for overflow parking and got permission to allow spectators to park at Creekside Elementary and Fairview Church. The school then ran buses back and forth to the stadium.

For those who got to the game early, tents were set up for tailgating and music playing.

“We wanted there to be a college game-day atmosphere,” Black said.

The atmosphere was there with the excited crowd, marching bands, cheerleaders and two rival teams.

Oh, and who needed chips and dip when the concession stand had fried Twinkies?

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