Posted at: 11/23/2012 3:04 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 7:40 PM
By: Todd Wilson
The 31st Prep Bowl is here. Thousands of fans from across Minnesota have showed up for the two day, seven game tournament.
Folks like Molly Taffe who is an alum of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and drove 3 1/2 hours from Western Minnesota to see the wolverines take on the Grand Meadow Superlarks in the 9 man championship game.
"You can't miss it, small town, we have great fan support," Taffe said.
Prep Bowl is expected to have between 25 to 30 thousand fans over two days of play. The tournament director Kevin Merkle says, they went to two days several years ago. This year they've added the 6A class which is the top 32 schools in the state.
"I'm not so sure it changed anything on the top end but there was a domino affect that created more opportunities for schools in the 5A, 4A and 3A," Merkle said.
Those opportunities trickled down to businesses like Huberts, which is right across the street from the dome. Manager Jody Anderly says, the place stays packed.
"They come in maybe one or two hours before their game and then they come in sometimes after their game. But then there's a big turnover because the new people from the next game are coming in," Anderly said.
Fans say, Prep Bowl is simply a fun time.
"it shows good support for the teams, for the kids," a fan named Slim said.