PHOTO GALLERY: Friends reconnect at first tailgate party for Missouri football

Saturday, September 3, 2011 | 1:09 p.m. CDT; updated 4:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 3, 2011
Dakotah Meierotto, left, talks to Taylor Bunch during a tailgate party before opening game for the Missouri football team on Saturday.

COLUMBIA — As team members for Missouri and Miami (Ohio) prepared to face off in the football season's first game, fans took the opportunity to get reacquainted, meet new people and eat a tailgate breakfast.

Delany Brown, 2 1/2, grabs pom poms while attending her parent's breakfast tailgate before the Missouri football team took on Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. This was Brown's first experience at an MU football game.
A group of fans gets ready for the first game of the Missouri football season by eating and throwing a football before the Miami (Ohio) vs. Missouri football game on Saturday.
Kati Bribble, 10, left, Emily Zerr, 10, right, and Jacob Zerr, 8, color with chalk on Saturday outside of Faurot Field before the Miami (Ohio) vs. Missouri football game.
Sarah Yeagley, right, gets ready to fill her cup while tailgating on Saturday. The Missouri Tigers kicked off the 2011 season against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.
Pam Patty, left, greets Cindy Mize on Saturday morning while tailgating before the Miami (Ohio) vs. Missouri football game. The two women hadn't seen each other in six years.

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