Kentuckians love their doubles: those weekends in glorious October when they can turn the horse races at Keeneland and home football games at UK and other schools into excuses for pop-up parties.
This weekend, fans again have the chance to show off their expertise in al fresco dining ... and drinking and gambling and TV watching. Sometimes you don't even have to choose. Keeneland will have Saturday's University of Kentucky game against Louisiana-Monroe on a giant screen side by side with the races, and Lextran will be there to shuttle you between the track and the stadium.
Both offer big stages for the party art loosely known as tailgating, but there are some differences. Here's how to tell them apart:
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UK: All the Ks are blue.
Keeneland: All the Ks are green.
What they wear
At UK, people tend to dress down. And everyone wears blue and white, unless it's a blackout weekend, in which case everyone wears black and blue. From nail polish to temporary tattoos, it's all blue.
At Keeneland, people dress up, regardless of the weather. College women wear short skirts and boots. College men wear bow ties, hats and brightly colored trousers or long shorts.
At UK, men are usually garbed in traditional khaki pants and a blue shirt (if they have a shirt at all). Some opt for a more casual feel and throw on a jersey. Others go for the prep look with dress pants, loafers, white shirt, blue tie, and in case it gets cold, a blue blazer.
Women, however, tend to wear the same kinds of clothes at both locations, although the dresses are more likely to be blue around Commonwealth Stadium.
The true fashion test for college women is who will wear the coolest cowboy boots with the dress: Some prefer earth tones with brown or black, while others spice it up with a cow print or pink boots accompanied by a nice headpiece: a cowboy hat. You'd think they were headed for the Garth Brooks concert.
Where they set up
UK: Tailgating is anywhere and everywhere: along Cooper Drive, in the parking lots, in front yards, like a backyard barbecue on steroids.
Huge grills with wheels are pulled by pickup trucks that are eventually parked next to a tent. A blue-and-white checkered tablecloth will be tossed over a table displaying a host of condiments, buns, meat and that one half-full beer that tends to hide behind the ketchup.
At a UK tailgate, sharing is caring: Inviting tailgating neighbors to indulge in prime time game cuisine is OK. The sharing of food and beer really picks up when high-fives start at kick-off and after a touchdown.
Keeneland: There's The Hill (behind the Keene Barn) and the parking spots along the clubhouse turn, but you'll also be in fine company just popping open the trunk anywhere you park.
Here, the sharing tends to be of betting tips, but folks are quick to offer a sip of champagne or a gourmet nibble. And if you didn't bring anything, don't fret: the food trucks have got you covered.
What they eat
UK: The staples are barbecue, burgers and cupcakes with blue-and-white icing. But there's plenty of everything: Fans carry grocery bags filled with fruit and vegetable trays and even fried chicken and potato wedges from the deli section. Options are good, right?
Keeneland: We are considered Southern, so barbecue also tops the list here. But there are the Keeneland staples of burgoo and bread pudding — with bourbon sauce of course. At the Keeneland tailgate, you see everything from full-scaled catered affairs to potluck.
What they drink
UK: More beer than bourbon.
The drinking starts way before the game, in the front yards of frat houses and homes with manicured lawns whose owners don't mind moving the living room flat-screen outside for the big game. Others prefer for the crew to huddle around the trunk of a car or the bed of a pickup that contains a cooler full of alcoholic goodies. Some even offer coffee and lemonade to passersby who are making the hike to the stadium.
Keeneland: More bourbon than beer.
Although every permutation of bourbon can be found, Maker's Mark has a big fan base here. Fancy cocktails are tough to pull off without a bar, but it can be done. And mimosas and bloody Marys are always in style.
How they hold their liquor
UK: Besides the ubiquitous red Solo cups, "cooler" backpacks can be spotted, but so can plastic bags with six-packs. The bold opt to carry in the open, with a UK koozie, of course. Hydration is important.
Keeneland: The tidy hip flask or purse mini of "emergency bourbon" is the way people tend to roll on race day.
What they play
Really, it's everywhere. Kentuckians can't seem to get enough of cornhole. Everybody from toddlers to seniors pitch bags of beans. And the rules are flexible when it comes to cornhole: Kids like pulling out the bags or sticking their arms down the hole. The older crowd thinks that the farther you are away, the better your chances of winning.
Keeneland: The ponies.
Even at The Hill, where Keeneland has free tailgating, there are betting windows.
What they shout
UK: C-A-T-S! Cats Cats Cats!!!
Keeneland: Go, Baby, Go!
How they party
UK: It's all about the Cats! ... and the music.
Tailgaters can be heard before they're seen. They play music from their houses and cars, much of it merging together, creating one big boom.
A group of 150 might be singing Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, shouting the chorus in unison and fist-pumping on one corner, while across the street, a diverse crowd bounces to Tupac, and a stone's throw away, another group parties to country music.
Tailgating is a huge block party, musically.
Keeneland: The party can be about just about anything, from a 60th birthday with black balloons to a bachelorette party with pink boas and gigantic hats. Anything goes, as long as you can haul it out to The Hill and gather some friends.
How they are alike
In addition to the barbecue, beer, bourbon and boots, both are much more fun if you win.
And if not, well, at least you had a good time.