Traveling south along Highway 15 through Tennille, Ga., drivers likely will see it. They should slow down around East Indian Hill Road to make sure it catches the eye.
This Georgia fan’s barn always has a message on it. As Vira Halim of The Red & Black explains:
In 2000, the tradition of painted messages on the barn sign began with Ross Smith, James Hitchcock and their close-knit group of family and friends. On weekends home from school, they would gather at the barn that was previously owned by Hitchcock’s father.
At least three times a year, Smith repaints the barn with a new message following the Georgia-Florida rivalry game, the end of the season and finally, National Signing Day.
A new message recently was painted on the barn. The message borrows the words of Georgia coach Kirby Smart:
— The Red & Black (@redandblack) February 9, 2018
The full quote from Smart after the game: “…But I think everyone can see that Georgia is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Very proud of this team and this university and we’re not going anywhere.”
While the barn is sure to be painted down the road with a new message, this one clearly is special, and carries some extra meaning given the Bulldogs’ run to the National Championship Game.