Friday night, Augusta was the line of scrimmage in arguably the biggest football game in the country this weekend.
It was the 20th anniversary of the Border Bash at the Augusta Common. Thousands of football fans made their way to downtown Augusta to celebrate. And despite all the talk that downtown isn't safe, people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The event is a celebration of football rivalry between Georgia and South Carolina.
"You got cheerleaders, you got the concerts, the bands, kids running around and it's a safe place to be usually. We don't have any problems," Lacey Myers of North Augusta says.
Myers and her husband Michael have been married for a little more than a month, but they know the football rivalry all too well.
"I say Gamecocks," she says
"I say Dogs," he says.
The Myers say they go to Border Bash every year. The event attracts people from all over the two-state... and a lot of them aren't even attending the actual event. They are spending time in downtown Augusta.
"We have everybody that works here working tonight. We expect to be to the rim," 1102 Bar and Grill Manager Matthew Mazur says.
Mazur says for his business, Border Bash is one of the top 3 events of the year.
"It's a great thing. It's like New Years, it's one of the events for downtown Augusta that brings so many people downtown all to celebrate. It's a great time for everybody. It's like Saint Patrick's Day in Savannah, except, Border Bash in Augusta," he says.
And with all the talk of safety and security in the downtown area, Mazur says events like this help downtown Augusta's image.
"All the people that are just coming of age, just old enough to drive, just old enough to go into bars, they're coming downtown for the first time because they have heard of Border Bash. Otherwise, it's just downtown Augusta," he says.
For the Myers family, downtown Augusta is the place to be even if the Bulldogs and Gamecocks aren't playing each other.
"We usually try to get down here every weekend just to walk Riverwalk and we sit down to eat and bring the kids to play," Lacey says.
portion of the proceeds will go to local charities. Over the years, The Border Bash
Foundation has donated over 700-thousand dollars to charities across the area.
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