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Turlock plays host to 49er, Kaepernick fans
Elizabeth Rassiga and Warren White watch the Super Bowl at Wellington's Station. The two came from Reno, Nev. to watch the game in Colin Kaepernick's home town. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal



As locals prepared to cheer on the 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Turlock bars were filled with out-of-town fans looking for a unique Super Bowl experience in Colin Kaepernick's home town.

Warren White and Elizabeth Rassiga came from Reno, Nev. to Turlock to cheer on Kaepernick and the Niners.

"Turlock is such a wonderful community. You can just feel the enthusiasm everywhere," Rassiga said while watching the game in a prime spot at Wellington's Station.

The two became fans of Kaepernick when he led the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack in his college days. They became 49er fans only after Kaepernick was drafted by the team.

They arrived in Turlock on Saturday just in time for the Tailgate Party held at Pitman High. Kaepernick's alma mater wasn't their only stop in town.

"We went to Footers; it was amazing. We had breakfast at (Latif's) and went to a few antique stores and the (Turlock Historical Society) museum. We asked if there was a section about Colin. They said 'not yet' but then opened  the poster of Colin in the paper and we took a picture of him in the museum," said Rassiga.

While the two Reno natives enjoyed Turlock's hospitality, they did bring a few important things from home.

"We've got our Nevada betting slips with us," said Rassiga, who wasn't worried about the 49ers slow start.

"(Kaepernick's) very patient; he's laid back. Even if they don't win, he'll be back next year."

While White and Rassiga were watching the game at Wellington's, 49er fans packed Jura's in the pizza parlor's newest location on Center Street. It was reservations-only seating at the local favorite place to watch big sporting events.

Matt Davis put in his Super Bowl reservation for Jura's a few weeks ago. The Modesto business owner came to Turlock to watch his 49ers take on the Ravens for the "food and the atmosphere." Davis also made the trip to town for Saturday's tailgate party.

Over at Dust Bowl Brewing on Main Street, the game was on and being watched by die-hard Niner fans but the pub's biggest business of the day was take home beer "Growlers."

Whether the 49ers win or not, Sunday's game was definitely an extraordinary event in Turlock.