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Local couple gaga for Georgia
McBrides honored for Bulldog fanfare
Donnie and Edna McBride watch Saturday's football game between Georgia and Buffalo with their three pet bulldogs at Bulldog Park in Athens. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Donnie and Edna McBride don’t watch Georgia football, they live it.

The married couple from Forsyth County owns countless Georgia apparel, home and car accessories and even a customized Georgia golf cart. If a company can fit the Georgia "G" on something, there’s a good chance the McBrides have it.

"I couldn’t even tell you how much [Georgia] stuff we have," Edna McBride said. "It’s a lot. We have just about everything you could think of."

And their fanfare hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The McBrides won top overall honors at the first annual National Collegiate Tailgating Championship and received a customized Epicoa rotisserie with the championship logo featured on the top.

The National Collegiate Tailgating Championship took place on Aug. 11 outside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and — in addition to the overall category the McBrides won — had more than 100 specialized competitions that ranged from food and drinks to vehicles and apparel.

The McBride’s relationship with Georgia started when their daughter, Autumn, a North Forsyth graduate, enrolled at the university in 2006 and played clarinet for the Redcoat Marching Band. Since then, the McBrides have been avid Bulldog fans.

The duo took their prized 2009 Damon Astoria motorhome a week before Georgia’s first game against Buffalo to Bulldog Park, a reserved place for motorhomes about four miles off campus. The motorhome is allowed to stay there through December, at which time the McBrides bring it back to their driveway in front of their home, which, only fittingly, boasts a red door and black shutters.

For home games, the couple, along with their three English bulldogs Scarlett O’Hara, Glory Glory and Boss, travel to Bulldog Park on Friday and stay until Sunday to tailgate.

The McBride’s bulldogs have it made as they are placed in a kennel on the bottom bunk and get to watch TV as cool air blows on them.

"Seriously, they really like to watch the games," Donnie McBride said. "They have their own little setup and have a portable fence. We treat them just like kids."

When the McBrides arrive, the fun starts. They set up the satellite TV, cook some food and watch football with friends they have made in seasons’ past.

"Football season is the best time of year," Donnie McBride said. "It’s not only that you get to watch Georgia football, but it’s that you’re able to spend time with your friends.

"Where we stay is like going to the Hilton. We have electricity, water and TV."

Donnie McBride, who owns Bulldawg Collision in Gainesville, doesn’t even let the work week disrupt his fandom, as he wears "something Georgia" every day.

"I’m the easiest person to buy for," Donnie McBride said. "Just find a red or black shirt with a ‘G’ on it and I’m good. You can’t go wrong with a Georgia shirt."