Outback Bowl brings $1 billion to Tampa Bay over 33 years

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CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. ‘ Sunday afternoon thousands of Mississippi ‘ The bowl game, now in its 33rd year, brings a much-needed boost to businesses. ‘Yeah, it’s wild out here today!

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CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. ‘ Sunday afternoon thousands of Mississippi State and University of Iowa fans were gearing up for the Outback Bowl during a pep rally on Clearwater Beach.

The New Year’s Day bowl game is much anticipated because it’s the first time the two teams are facing off in more than 119 football seasons.

A roaring crowd and a sea of cowbells filled the air as college football fans welcomed Mississippi State to Tampa Bay for their very first Outback Bowl.

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Iowa fan Jody Anderson is no stranger to the Outback Bowl. The 2019 bowl is his fifth, meaning the Iowa native has only missed one bowl game in Tampa Bay.

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A prediction: The next time Zagat or Food & Wine publishes a list of the country’s best food destinations, Tampa Bay will be there. Charleston, S.C.; Seattle; Denver; and Richmond, Va., have had their day in the sun, and for good reason, but the stars have aligned for us and we are ready for our closeup.

What makes a great food city or region? It’s food at every price point that is fearless and fresh ‘ street food, mom-and-pop ethnic spots, fine dining and at every level in between; it’s dishes that reveal a new, even defiant take, without ever losing sight of the national dialogue about what’s current. It’s a place that showcases its indigenous dishes and culinary history, celebrates its farms and seasonal ingredients, and yet is not mired in ‘this is the way we do it because this is the way it has always been done.’ It’s food that honors tradition but values creativity more. It’s food that comforts but also has the freedom to surprise.

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Ray Sorensen Jr. shows off part of his extensive Lionel layout with seven trains, buildings and other time-honored equipment.

A Pinellas Park toy train dealer who also refurbishes vintage equipment warned that some toy trains sold on and off the Internet this holiday season are fraudulent knockoffs or built from counterfeit parts.

Some early Lionel sets purported to be 60 or 70 years old are in fact modern equipment with electronic circuitry rather than mechanical components.

Ray Sorensen Jr., one of few toy train repair experts in the United States, said the Internet has spawned a cottage industry of fraudulent engines, train cars and accessories.

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