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Tailgate Spotlight: Lane Harris and the West Virginia Trailer

Lane Harris drew inspiration from a trip to Boise, and decided a new trailer with an open door policy was the best way to build Oregon State's best tailgate.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 12:22 AM

Corvallis, Ore. -- "This is like 20 years of prep," says longtime Beaver fan Lane Harris. "We started with our car and then it's grown from there and I bought the trailer and it just expanded."

Lane's inspiration didn't come in SEC country or Big Ten land. It was actually a trip over to Mountain West territory.

"I went to an away game in Boise actually," Harris recalls.  "I saw a trailer similar to this and I thought 'you know what? I have to do something similar to this.' Had it shipped from West Virginia and it was probably like 15,000 to have it custom made. We have a bathroom in there."

Creature comforts? Yes Please. Lane's longtime buddy Elias Mendez has been a part of the tailgate for over a decade too, and was here from the trailer's inception.

"I think I've been here for 8 years," Mendez says. "But I've been coming together forever but I just hooked up with him and now I;m a season ticket holder."

"First of all, we'll let Husky fans in, we might let a Duck fan in," Harris jokes. "It would be hard but we invite anyone that comes by. Come by, have fun with us, it's an experience."

"It makes it fun and we get to involve a lot of people," Mendez mentions. It's a perfect atmpsphere and it sets everything up for us to support the Beaver fanbase."

One of the rowdiest parties in the Reser lot has a sentimental side too.

"My daughter was here for four years, she was a cheerleader for a few years there so I was involved in a lot of the stuff on that side of it too," Mendez says as he waxes nostaglic. "And all of my friends supported her and her endeavours here and we have a great fanbase here and all our friends, we just love it."

"I just wanted to improve the experience out here," concludes Harris. "What you see behind me, it's awesome."

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