Florida Georgia time was here again!

For all the college football fans who follow my post, you know I have already posted 2 stories on the traditional Florida Georgia game in Jacksonville.  Here is the 3rd story.  I remind you this game is unique because it is played every year in a neutral site and the tickets are divided evenly between Florida fans and Georgia fans.  I will also say, I would love to see a Florida game played in Athens!

Jacksonville loves hosting this annual game because thousands of fans travel to the area and spend lots of dollars on hotels, restaurants and in stores.

Friday is a great day for area merchants catering to the Florida Georgia fans.  The Plantation Shop on Amelia Island does a magnificent job of garnering excitement around this annual rivalry.  With special appearances by featured authors, artists, and specialty jewelry reps they create a game day atmosphere.  This year included Loran Smith signing copies of his book, 50 GREAT MEMORIES IN GEORGIA FOOTBALL HISTORY.

Kathy & Loran Smith author 50 Great Memories in Georgia Football History photo by Kathy Miller

Loran and his wife Myrna have also written Let The Big Dawg Eat…Again!  A Tailgating Cookbook with wonderful recipes and even better stories.

I enjoyed meeting fans and signing prints from all the 14 SEC schools.  These make great gifts for all your collegiate fans.

Kathy and Lynn Tennille at The Plantation Shop

Kathy & Lynn Tennille The Plantation Shop photo by Kathy Miller

Dickie Anderson signed copies of “Meet Me On Amelia Island,”  The Amelia Island Museum of History’s new book featuring historic Amelia Island with recipes from local residents and restaurants.


Our tailgating crew left early with all our allegiances proudly displayed.  Florida Gators, Tennessee Vols, Duke Blue Devils and NC State Wolfpack.  Destination: the Florida Georgia game.

Miller Crew leaves for the game photo by Kathy Miller

Other than arriving at the stadium, the most important chore is to get the Porta-Potty delivered to our parking spot.

Aunt Vern is in charge.

Porta-Potty delivered photo by Kathy Miller

This is the 4th year we have hired a Porta-Potty for the tailgate.  Believe me, we are popular, we keep a lock on the door and also turn away lots of fans looking for a quick line.


Miller Gator Potty IV photo by Kathy Miller

Mike, along with Rachel and James,  were our keepers of the Potty.

Mike, Rachel and James, keepers of the Potty photo by Kathy Miller

After signing prints at The Plantation Shops at Palmetto Walk on Amelia Island on Friday, I did the best I could to have an interesting tailgating table set up for the game.

Florida Georgia tailgate photo by Kathy Miller

No way I compete with Ole Miss!

We ran into an UGA lookalike very early.  His name was Herschel.

Kathy with Herschel, Georgia bull dog photo by Kathy Miller

Aunt Vern wanted to show Mike, our NC State fan and first time Florida Georgia game attendee the famous RV City.

We ran into the CBS crew.

Mike, Clara, Kathy and the CBS crew photo by Kathy Miller

Next up, members of the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band.  I love the tuba players.

Georgia Redcoat Marching Band Tuba players photo by Kathy Miller

The Georgia parking lot was full with grilling tailgating fans.

Grilling at the FL GA game Jacksonville FL photo by Kathy Miller

RV City is an experience.  These fans arrive early on Wednesday morning to grab their spot.

RV City Jacksonville Fl Florida Georgia game photo by Kathy Miller

Met a unique fan, Johnny Knight, coming to this game since 1951.

Pictures capture the moment.


Florida RV City photo by Kathy Miller

Gators cook in RV City photo by Kathy Miller

Loved this Tiki Hut in the middle of RV City.

Tiki Hut in RV City photo by Kathy Miller

UGA the Mascot

UGA with the guys photo by Kathy Miller

This guy looks like his orange is more on the Tennessee side, but love him.

Gator Orange? Looks more like Tennessee orange to me photo by Kathy miller

We finally made it back to our tailgate.

James, Mike & Rachel photo by Kathy Miller

Hannah and her buddies, Marisa and Allison

Marissa, Allison and Hannah Bea photo by Kathy Miller

Kelly Hawkins taping a tailgating series.

Kelly Hawkins & tailgating segment photo by Kathy Miller

She interviewed her Aunt Kathy.  Cuban Sliders!

Kelly Ann & Kathy Ann tailgating taping photo by Kathy Miller


  • 12-pack of dinner rolls or Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1/2 pound ham, sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh pork tenderloin, roasted and sliced
  • 1/2 pound Genoa salami, sliced
  • 8 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1 small jar sliced dill pickles (chips)
  • Yellow mustard


  1. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise.
  2. Layer ham, pork, salami, swiss cheese on bottom half of rolls.
  3. Top with 1 or 2 sliced pickles.
  4. Spread mustard on top half of rolls and place on top.
  5. Wrap in foil.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Slice, then serve!


You could try the Tasty method...Place rolls in a pyrex dish instead of foil. Baste with butter and bake. Slice and then wrap in foil to transport to a tailgate. Take to tailgate in a carryall with hot packs to keep warm.

James Miller via KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

We met neighbors and made friends on all sides.

Josh & Kara from Augusta, Georgia.


Rob & Kelley Lesperance with Barb Hale.  The Lesperances are hosting their Auburn daughter’s tailgating engagement party  during this year’s Iron Bowl, the rivalry game between Auburn and Alabama.  Their daughter is marrying an Alabama alum.   Another house divided.  Stay tuned for pictures from this event.  Love at a Tailgate.

Florida Georgia Neighbors photo by Kathy Miller

Speaking of Love at a Tailgate,

Our new neighbor, Robbie, a Gator fan chose this moment to propose to Evan, a Georgia fan.  I caught it all with my camera.

The Kiss after the Question photo by Kathy Miller

The ring behind Evan’s back.

The Ring behind Evan's back photo by Kathy Miller

Robbie slides the ring on Evan’s finger.

Robbie sliding the ring on Evan's finger photo by Kathy Miller

HappinessThe Kiss and Happiness photo by Kathy Miller


Congratulations to Robbie and Evan photo by Kathy Miller

So much fun being with family and friends.

Hannah and Friends photo by Kathy Miller

Rachel, Katie and Georgia buddies.

Rachel, Katie and friends

Hannah & buddies photo by Kathy Miller

Meanwhile back at the Gator Potty IV, the line kept forming.

We added $25 to the sign.  Didn’t stop people from trying to use our Potty.

$25 Gator Potty photo by Kathy Miller

 Tyler finally gathered $5 to help defray the cost.

Tyler and the $5 photo by Kathy Miller

Game time.  Our seats were right behind the Gator bench.

Muschamp trying to inspire his players photo by Kathy Miller

The Gator Band

Gator Band photo by Kathy Miller

The Camera Man

The Camera Man photo by Kathy Miller

The Side Lines with Tracy Wolfson.

Tracy Wolfson CBS sideline reporter photo by Kathy Miller

Another Florida Georgia Game

Another Florida Georgia game photo by Kathy Miller

  Georgia wins this one.

Christmas time will soon be here.  Looking for the perfect, unique gift for your Gator fan?   Prints of Tailgating In The Swamp, by Kathy Miller, make wonderful gifts.  Available in 11×14 prints, $50.   5×7 set of 5 cards for $20 make perfect stocking stuffers.  Other options include 20 x24 fine art giclee print on canvas.  Click on above link to see options or email me for the card sets.


 A great gift for that hard to buy for Georgia fan, Tailgating Under The Arch, painting by Kathy Miller.  Details the same as above.  Visit KathyMillerTime.com or email me at kathy@kathymillertime.com for more information.

Tailgating Under The Arch painting by Kathy Miller

Prints and cards are available for all 14 SEC schools.

5x7 cards for all 14 SEC schools photo by Kathy Miller

Tailgating Through The SEC prints and cards photo by Kathy Miller

Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.  I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


  • Dave Kempf says:

    Looks like FL could have a new coaching staff for this game next year-not a prediction, simply an observation.

    The SEC Tailgate prints by Kathy Miller are fabulously unique. If you are a fan of an SEC School or have friends who are fans & need a gift that they will love & cherish purchase the print of choice-you won’t go wrong!

    Happy Tailgating & KY Fans like me are glad BB season has begun-LOL!

    Dave Kempf

  • sec1fan says:

    Thank you Dave! We will be at the South Carolina game tomorrow and look forward to their traditions. 2001 A Space Odessey! So many of my SEC friends, when seeing my Kentucky painting think it is one of their favorites. Know you are ready for some basketball! We are too!

  • Nina Johnson says:

    Loved this blog -and the Pics!

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