CLS tailgate brings community together

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield’s school mascot, Big Red, arrived at the Canfield Community Tailgate on a Cardinal Joint Fire District fire truck with lights flashing and sirens blaring on Sept. 15.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Cardinal Pride Marching Band performed for the crowd at the Canfield Community Tailgate on Sept. 15.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School freshman cheerleaders led a cheer at the Canfield Community Tailgate on Sept. 15.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield Local School District hosted its annual Canfield Community Tailgate prior to the Canfield Cardinals versus Lakeside varsity football game on Sept. 15. Students, faculty, staff, families, friends and community members gathered on a warm night to show their Cardinal spirit.

Taking place on the outdoor basketball courts at Canfield High School, the tailgate featured Canfield High School cheerleaders, Canfield Little Cardinals cheerleaders, the Canfield High School Cardinal Pride Marching Band, various school organizations/clubs and several family friendly activities. Hot dogs, chips and water were also provided.

D.J. Anthony was also on hand and kept the party going with lots of music, dancing and contests, courtesy of the Canfield Local Schools PTO, along with a bounce around slide.

“This community tailgate has become a tradition here. It’s a nice community gathering with several different organizations, such as the Little Cardinals and the middle school football program, coming together. We also have the Canfield Police Department here handing out Rubbermaid lunchboxes to the kids. We are continuing tradition here with our fall tailgate and will continue throughout the school year with our annual chili cook off and a spaghetti dinner,” said Canfield Local Schools Superintendent Alex Geordan.

Canfield’s school mascot, Big Red, arrived in style on a Cardinal Joint Fire District fire truck with lights flashing and sirens blaring to pump up the crowd.

Geordan said a big focus of the tailgate is for everyone to reconnect to start the new school year and to meet new friends.

“The tailgate is a way for everyone to reconnect at the beginning of the new school year. As the young students create new friendships at school, the parents have a chance to meet their new friends and other parents here,” Geordan said.

Canfield Local Schools PTO member Marci Muckleroy served as chair of the event.

“I love being a part of the Canfield community, and this is one way I can give back to my community. I am really enjoying seeing all the Canfield pride here tonight,” Muckleroy said.

After the tailgate party, attendees headed over to Bob Dove Stadium to the support the Canfield Cardinals varsity football team and cheer them to a victory.

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