While most of college-town Starkville moves in early in August, those glorious trailers, contraptions and hunks of metal and wood making up the Left Field Lounge have just begun moving in at Dudy Noble Field.
The season begins on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, and trailers began taking their usual spots earlier this week.
The attention often goes to those occupying the trailers, cooking on top of them and sending heavy-scented smoke across the field and into the nearby bleachers, but the uniqueness of the contraptions themselves is part of what makes the lounge so fun.
Before they are filled with people, these constructs are fun to be viewed for what they are. Some are newer and more deliberately designed, while others are stacked as needed on top of trucks older than the people who own them.
Each stop along the outfield wall is like someone else’s porch or elaborate fort, looking over the backyard of Dudy Noble Field, seemingly constructed from whatever could be found or any large, solid thing a neighbor wasn’t using.
Like the park it surrounds and the people it holds, the Left Field Lounge certainly has character.
I’m no professional photographer, and these are only taken on an iPhone camera with my unsteady hands, but it’s still nice to see the signs of spring popping up at The Dude.