Announcing the inaugural Live Oak International Tailgate Competition

Announcing the inaugural Live Oak International Tailgate Competition

February 21, 2018

Ocala’s #1 spectator event just got a lot more social.

Sign up for the inaugural Tailgate Competition at the 2018 Live Oak International, sponsored by Ocala Magazine, and show us what your southern hospitality is made of! We’re looking for themes, decorations and special food and drinks recipes.

When you reserve a tailgate spot you are automatically eligible to enter the tailgate competition – and it’s free! Tailgates are judged by a panel of local personalities. The winning tailgate will receive a prize (and bragging rights).

To to enter the competition, send your name, contact information, and tailgate spot number to by 5pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

A limited number of tailgating locations are available at obstacles during the marathon portion of the event on Saturday, March 17, 2018. You can choose from remaining spots at the following obstacles:

  • The Ariat
  • The Gulch*
  • CBC Water Hazard – sold out
  • The Palm Chevy Fountain
  • The Stella Stampede Tower
  • The Shepherd Kaplan Bull Market
  • The Great American Eagle’s Nest

*Each tailgating spot at The Gulch is $300 each and spots at the other obstacles are $250 per spot.

We will reserve a 12’-by-12’ spot for you with payment in full. The spot comes with one (1) vehicle pass and six (6) general admission tickets for Saturday only.

You can set up your own unbranded tent for tailgating Live Oak International, or we can do it for you for an extra $300. Each spot can accommodate a maximum 10’-by-10’ tent. Tents must be set up on March 15 before 4:30 p.m. or March 16, before 4 p.m. during the Combined Driving event.

On March 17, your vehicle must be in place by 7:30 a.m. Passes are e-mailed upon payment received.  Please save these in a safe place as they cannot be re-sent.

Spots are assigned on a first-come, first-paid basis. Consideration is given to tailgaters from previous years.