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Won't you be my neighbor? Purple Pride Caravan highlighted by peculiar twist


CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - It was a perfect day to be outside Thursday and the community of Crossville made sure to take advantage of the great weather by producing a great turnout and interesting story line at Walmart at the most recent Purple Pride Caravan for Tennessee Tech athletics.

Golden Eagle fans came from all over the community to enjoy free hot dogs, Tech memorabilia, and Pepsi products while jamming to tunes provided by 98.5 Kiss FM.

Three lucky fans won drawings and received Tennessee Tech memorabilia, and one person qualified for the drawing to win a trip for two to the Tech-Wisconsin football game in the Golden Eagle Flyaway, sponsored by 98.5 Kiss FM.

As fate may have it, two of the day's prize winners turned out to be neighbors, shedding a light on the neighborly attitude provided by all at the event.

After already making stops in Jamestown, Smithville, Cookeville, Carthage, Livingston, McMinnville, and now Crossville, the Purple Pride Caravan has only two more stops including another in Cookeville before wrapping up at the Algood Walmart on Tuesday, Aug. 27, just two days before the Golden Eagle season opener in Tucker Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29.

For additional information on the caravan or to purchase season tickets for the upcoming football season, call (931) 372-3940.

The 2013 Purple Pride Caravan schedule and locations:
-Tuesday, July 9th - Jamestown Walmart
-Thursday, July 18th - Smithville Walmart
-Tuesday, July 23rd - Cookeville Hometown IGA
-Thursday, July 25th - Carthage Walmart
-Thursday, Aug. 1st - Sparta Walmart
-Tuesday, Aug. 6 - Livingston Jerry's IGA
-Thursday, Aug. 8th - McMinnville Walmart
-Thursday, Aug. 15th - Crossville Walmart
-Thursday, Aug. 22nd - Cookeville Walmart
-Tuesday, Aug.27th - Algood Walmart

Some snapshots from the Crossville Purple Pride Caravan:


Pictured above from left to right: Football jersey winner Tim Panther, Director of
Athletics Mark Wilson, and softball jersey winner Patty Johnson. Tim and Patty are
neighbors. How cool is that!


Pictured above from left to right: Zack Ledbetter of 98.5 Kiss FM, softball head coach
Bonnie Bynum, Awesome Eagle, t-shirt winner Danny Hassler, and Director of Athletics
Mark Wilson.


Pictured above from left to right: Softball head coach Bonnie Bynum, softball jersey
winner Patty Johnson, Awesome Eagle, Rae Rae of 98.5 Kiss FM, and Director of
Athletics Mark Wilson.


Pictured above from left to right: Softball head coach Bonnie Bynum, football jersey
winner Tim Panther, Rae Rae of 98.5 Kiss FM, and Director of Athletics Mark Wilson.

Photos by Jocelyn VerVelde