Tailgaters kick off Southern Heritage Classic

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The party revved up at Tiger Lane as fans prepare for this year's Southern Heritage Classic.

The event weekend kicked off with the Classic Tailgate on Thursday morning.

"I just wanted to come out and enjoy the festivities. It's my very first time. I'm having a ball," Hope Taylor of Maryland said.

Taylor is one of more than 50,000 fans expected to enjoy the Southern Heritage Classic.

The event generates $21 million annually for the Memphis economy. And more great news for Memphis, Mayor Jim Strickland said the city has signed a new contract to keep SHC here for up to another 8 years.

Saturday fans get to experience parades, majorette shot, and at 6 p.m. the football game between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University kicks off at Liberty Bowl.

Click here for a full list of SHC events.

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