Border Bash, Aiken's Makin' offer weekend activities

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Fans dressed in red and garnet are expected to flock to the Augusta Common today for the 20th anniversary edition of Border Bash, the annual meeting of college football fans before the clash of gridiron giants Georgia and South Carolina.

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John Graham, of Sports Mania, unloads merchandise for the 20th Border Bash at Augusta Common. Mascots and cheerleaders from the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina will entertain crowds today.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
John Graham, of Sports Mania, unloads merchandise for the 20th Border Bash at Augusta Common. Mascots and cheerleaders from the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina will entertain crowds today.

This year’s event, which will feature cheerleading squads and mascots from both schools, is being headlined by country rock band Blackberry Smoke. Border Bash promoter Joe Stevenson, who will also be performing with his band, the Joe Stevenson Band, said the event will also include vendors selling collegiate apparel, as well as a handful of local restaurants.

Border Bash is a “two-fold event,” he said.

“From 4 to 8:30 or so, you’ve got kids running around with the cheerleaders and mascots,” he said. “It’s very family friendly. As it gets later, it turns into a party.”

This year’s party is expected to draw more than 8,000 people, Stevenson said. With the event scheduled on First Friday for the second year in a row, that number could rise, even attracting people with no interest in the game.

“Obviously, it’s predominantly Georgia and (South) Carolina fans,” he said. “But not everybody is a college football fan. Blackberry Smoke is going to draw a lot of people from out of town. We’re going to see a lot of just Blackberry Smoke fans.”

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Joel Simmons, the president of the Border Bash Foundation, said proceeds will benefit local charities. Last year, the foundation donated money to 17 children’s charities that “fly under the radar,” Simmons said.

Simmons said Border Bash is consistently one of Augusta’s biggest one-day events, right behind the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Across the river in South Carolina, a two-day arts festival begins today. Aiken’s Makin’ features local and regional handmade wares, family entertainment, music and food and more.

BORDER BASH

When Gates open at 4 p.m. today

Where Augusta Common

Tickets $15; children under 12 free

AIKEN’S MAKIN’

When 9 a.m. today, Saturday

Where Downtown Aiken

Learn more aikensmakin.net

SATURDAY’S GAME

WHO: No. 6 South Carolina at
No. 11 Georgia

WHERE: Sanford Stadium

TIME/TV: 4:30 p.m./ESPN

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/06/13 - 05:56 am
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Vendors!

Which local restaurants will the vendors be selling?

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GnipGnop 09/06/13 - 08:08 am
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Blackberry Smoke

Awesome band....southern rock in the tradition of bands like Skynyrd, Allmans, .38 Special....they can rock!!

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rmwhitley 09/06/13 - 09:39 am
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I've never heard of

Unpublished

Blackberry Smoke. Thank's for the tip.

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restguy 09/06/13 - 06:23 pm
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Never heard of them

Never heard of them

Clemsondoc
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Clemsondoc 09/06/13 - 09:01 pm
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I've never been but can only

I've never been but can only imagine this border bash to be Honey Boo Boo meets Myrtle Manor.

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KSL 09/06/13 - 11:26 pm
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Clemsondoc, PhD?

Clemsondoc, PhD?

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