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Published September 03, 2012, 09:39 AM

Bison fans turn out in force for tailgating kick-off

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This is a day Bison fans have been waiting for - the season opener today in Fargo; also the first game since the team’s national title. Eager fans lined campus, ready to get into the tailgating lots. When they got there, tailgating was a spectacle in itself.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This is a day Bison fans have been waiting for - the season opener today in Fargo; also the first game since the team’s national title. Eager fans lined campus, ready to get into the tailgating lots. When they got there, tailgating was a spectacle in itself.

We've all seen our fair share of tricked out RV's and campers at Bison Tailgates, but this year there is a new tailgating group that's sure to attract a lot of attention. It was hard for people not to snap a few photos of the 1973 newly restored Ford fire truck. It was red and in rough shape, but now decked out in green and gold.

Roger Wyland - Glyndon: “The truck itself was very solid, being a fire truck it only had 2,000 or 27,000 miles on it, so mechanically it was good, we took all of the body off and when we started working on it, I thought we were going to do a quick paint job on it, but it became more of a restoration.

Roger Wyland and his family were the ones who put in the hard work to make this retro engine look new. His three children and their spouses are all NDSU Graduates.

Roger Wyland: “They were tailgating for a number of years and wanted a unique vehicle and they talked trailers and I think it came from my son in law Brock who is a fireman who thought a fire truck would really be cool.”

Although the truck is now bleeding with Bison pride, it still has some of its originals like these gages, a spot for its ladder, and of course it's light.

Roger Wyland: “We started this project sometime in March of this year, last thing we did to it was a 9 o'clock this morning.”

It's still a surprise to Wyland of how much attention his family project is earning, but he says the more Bison pride the better. Wyland and his family paid just $2,500 for the truck.

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