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Appalachian State University in Boone, NC has been named one of the top 15 universities in the South for college-football tailgating by the popular publication Southern Living Magazine. Blossman’s Vilas branch, located one mile away from Appalachian State, in Boone, is taking advantage of the high tailgate season with its “$5 Dollar Fill Fridays.

Store Manager Johnny Miller notes, ”We never had a lot of walk-in traffic, but through word of mouth, and our signs, the cylinder fill has become extremely popular in the two years since we started the program.”

The Boone area is known for hosting college and high school sports, as well as for tailgating, and the Blossman branch is a popular cylinder fill stop-off for people who travel in from Avery, Ashe, Watauga counties and Johnson City, TN.

Appalachian State is one of only two schools from a non-”Power 5” conference to earn the recognition from Southern Living as one of the top 15 universities in the South for tailgating, and the only institution from the state of North Carolina. “Everyone in North Carolina is proud of App State’s accomplishments and we’re happy that Johnny and the team in Boone help to fire up many of those tailgate grills,” adds Scott Prewitt, Regional VP.

The Boone branch also works to serve the needs of people in the community by looking for products that use propane, and is successful in seeking the business of the small user. “We get a lot of interest in gas dryers and stoves that we can easily service, even in all electric neighborhoods,” adds Miller. “Our top salesproduct at the moment is Rinnai tankless waterheaters. Folks here are going green, because they wish to conserve energy and reduce costs. I get more calls regarding Rinnai water heaters than anything we do.”

Another trend that Boone is a part of is lawn mower engine conversion -- ranking #8 in Mower Conversion Centers for Blossman Gas. “We did a presentation at the Watauga Agricultural Center last year on the environmental benefits and reduced fuel costs, and I haven’t been able to keep up with the inquiries,” says Miller. “One thing we promise our landscapers is that we will deliver the gas directly to them so they do not need to seek a way to refill.

App State is featured in the September issue of Southern Living, which is now on the newsstands, and is one of 15 schools nominated as finalists for the title of “The South’s Best Tailgate.” Southern Living chose the 15 universities based on the following criteria: most spirited, traditionalists (schools renowned for game-day rituals), powerhouses (Southern schools with a history of winning on and off the field), and style-setters.”