In celebration of Super Bowl LII, an epic match between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, fans planned parties built on good food, beverages, good company and a good or great game.

But every party is a little different, and everyone has his or her opinion about what makes a perfect Super Bowl party.

For some, it is all about the game.

Pete Manter of New Sharon is a fan of the Patriots, and football is a time of solitude for him.

“I sit and watch the game alone. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke,” he said. “When the Patriots don’t play, I don’t watch. And I don’t want anyone else to watch it with me.”

For some, it is about the people they are with.

Brooke Mishou of Old Town planned watch the game with a big group of friends and family, all Patriots fans, on a projection screen, complete with beer and their own Super Bowl tradition — trivia.

One of this year’s questions: “What were Aunt Donna’s exact words after we won Super Bowl LI (51)?”

The answer: “I can’t believe we won that (expletive) game!”

Whoever wins the trivia game will receive prizes, such as scratch-off tickets.

Karen Flaraherty and Ian Austin of Rumford planned to have a large group of friends over, like they do every year.

“It’s all about the friends and family,” said Austin, who is especially fond of wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

Tammie Goings of Farmington, an Eagles fan, was excited to “hang out, get the munchies and watch the game.”

For others, it is an excuse to do something fun with the family.

Isaac Rackliffe of Farmington hangs out with his his wife, kids and friends. And the only time they watch football is when the Patriots play.

“I don’t know how much of the actual game we see, but it’s a good time,” said Rackliffe.

Tonya Lewis of Bryant Pond was busy making sure everyone in her family was festive for the game, and their bellies were satisfied.

“We’re designing our own shirts with glitter paint,” Lewis said, “and then sitting down as a family to eat calzones and watch the game.”

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Brooke Mishou of Old Town gets ready to watch Super Bowl 52 with her lab, Bo, on Sunday in Old Town. (Brooke Mishou photo)


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