UNION, NJ – The Union High School “Farmer Fam” held a tailgate party before the "neon" Union vs. Plainfield home game Friday night, with school spirit soaring.

The “Farmer Fam” was started last year by a group of students and staff who wanted to support the athletes, said co-organizers Cheryl Fiske, Union High School math teacher and Dana Bobertz, UHS English teacher.  Fiske said the “Farmer Fam” attend as many sporting events as possible, and at least one game of each of the high school sports.  "We want all of the athletes, regardless of their sport, to know they are supported," she said.  Students attend the games and sit in 'The Barn', an area in the stands for "Farmer Fam" members.

“This year, there’s more enthusiasm,” said senior Riley Haggerty, 17.  “There’s so many students who are coming out to the games.  It’s great.”

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Haggerty said they sold 535 tailgate tickets.  She said attendees got a burger, chips, a drink, neon swag and entrance to the football game.

Senior class president Brian Kwarteng said, “We never expected to sell so many tickets.  School spirit is really high.”

For news of the game, stay tuned to TAPinto Union.