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February 28, 2014

Famous Roaming Gnome visits Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Travelocity Roaming Gnome visited Stillwater on Friday as a sponsor of ESPN College GameDay.

Andy Ives, gnome handler, said the Roaming Gnome follows College GameDay to different cities as a sponsor, but his true ambition is different.

“His real purpose is to see the towns and cities where College GameDay is being held — get a really good sense of all the exciting things happening in that town or city,” Ives said.

Roaming Gnome arrived in Stillwater on Thursday and has explored the city in anticipation of the Oklahoma State versus Kansas game Saturday.

“He’ll go to the different spots in the city that are cool, exciting, different or that do a very good job of showcasing the locals, fans, college and town,” Ives said.

“He wants a full picture of what the place looks like.”

Roaming Gnome is a gnome of character and charm, and he wants to immerse himself in the local life, Ives said.

“He wants to go to all the cool places when he’s in town,” Ives said. “He doesn’t want to hit all the chain restaurants. He wants the local fare, a real sense of where he is.”

Roaming Gnome is a world traveler and a one-of-a-kind gnome, but Roaming Gnome wouldn’t speak to the press because of his immense popularity.

His nature for getting into mischief is well documented and is the reason Ives is his handler.

“My job is to make sure he gets to where he needs to be,” Ives said. “Make sure he doesn’t get into too much trouble or mischief while he’s there. He tends to.”

Roaming Gnome often is accused of having twins that take his place in photos or commercials, but Ives said there are no siblings to Roaming Gnome.

“This is the Travelocity Roaming Gnome,” Ives said.

“There is only one Roaming Gnome. He is fastened out of love.”

Roaming Gnome did not have a prediction about the outcome of Saturday’s game but did offer a thought.

“He thinks there is going to be definitely a home advantage,” Ives said.

“The amount of OSU fans we’ve seen, and the general feeling about this game, we’re going to say that the home team has a substantial advantage because it’s a home court advantage.”

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