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Increased Downtown Patrols For Border Bash and First Friday

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In less than 24 hours, UGA will take on USC for one of the biggest games of the football season. Fans here at home are uniting tonight for the annual Border Bash ahead of the match up. Count on News Channel Six with team coverage as festivities get underway.  We sent Dee Griffin to find out how security is being handled for both first Friday and border bash.

At the Blue Sky Kitchen, employees are preparing for one of the busiest nights of the year for downtown restaurants and bars. Rebecca Hickman says, "we are stocking up on as much liquor as we can so we can make as many great drinks as we can. We also have really good specials on food for filling that tummy when you're had a little too much to drink."

The restaurant has been around for thirteen years. They have seen great success during Border Bash in the past. But, the added First Friday crowd makes this one of the most exciting times in the downtown area.  "There's a really good band playing in town so that's going to draw in their own fans as well as the game fans and the classic first Friday's fan," Hickman explains.

As restaurants prepare to cook up food and fun for people who come downtown, deputies and organizers are putting in place barriers to block out problems and keep everyone on a safe path.  Event coordinator Joe Stevenson says Border Bash has never had problems due to large amounts of security. This year, the same plan will be in play.  "Everywhere you look it's not hard to find a police officer very quickly if you needed one. Augusta has beefed up the security downtown anyway. So with all the extras we're bringing in and what they're already doing it's a safe environment," Stevenson says.

Restaurants like Blue Sky Kitchen are banking on that to be a recipe for success while serving up some fun. "I'm super excited. We're all really, really ready for this," adds Hickman.  

According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, reserve deputies will also join patrols working the area tonight.

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