Fans celebrate Border Bash

Fans got together to support their teams and have a pep rally for Saturday's game.
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 6:49 PM
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Border Bash is an annual tradition in Augusta. For two local fans, it's another kind of anniversary.

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Jenny Rutland shows off her newly applied South Carolina Gamecocks temporary tatto during Border Bash Friday afternoo September 11, 2009.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/staff
Jenny Rutland shows off her newly applied South Carolina Gamecocks temporary tatto during Border Bash Friday afternoo September 11, 2009.

Chris Livingston decided to make an allegiance deeper than his love for the South Carolina Gamecocks at Border Bash 11 years ago.

“I just sat there and said 'she's the one,'” he said.

He proposed to wife Jamie that night. The couple moved to Baltimore, but moved back to North Augusta this year and attended their first Border Bash since their engagement. They brought their children Will, 7, Caleb, 5, and niece Isabelle, 5.

John Moore celebrated his birthday at Border Bash with wife Sharon.

“This is what I wanted to do,” he said.

The Georgia fans had never attended Border Bash before, but anticipate sitting back and enjoying the bands and the people -- “especially the people,” Mr. Moore said.

Border Bash is an annual tradition for Georgia fan Barbara Brock, of Augusta, who brought jersey-donned bulldogs Dooley and Sugar. They're of team mascot, Uga, bloodline, she said. She showed up early, before 6 p.m., as the drums of a sound check pounded in the background.

“It's almost like tailgating when we go to Athens,” she said.

As groups of fans wearing garnet, red and black began filling the Augusta Common with chairs for tailgating, it was hard to miss Rodney Pryor's Gamecocks flag squarely in front of the stage.

Mr. Pryor, of Burnettown, S.C., calls himself a “diehard Gamecock,” and attends each year. He said it's grown larger each year and is glad to see more garnet in the past few years.

“Carolina fans are starting to come around,” he said.



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pommom38 09/11/09 - 08:03 pm
This is breaking news?????

This is breaking news????? whooopie doo..
Just another excuse for a bunch of people to be out on the streets late at night drinking.

DEVGRU 09/11/09 - 09:19 pm
More hicks out tonight than

More hicks out tonight than any other time of the year.

EARL84 09/11/09 - 09:21 pm
two negative nancy's on this

two negative nancy's on this board tonight

STAK 09/12/09 - 07:11 am
it was good,clean

it was good,clean fun..........and all the children(and there were a ton of them) seemed to be having a blast...........not one of those thousands of kids had a beer in their hand..........stick that in your pipe and smoke it along with that crack,pommom..........your comment was weren't there........and therefore, YOU don't know what in the h-e double hockey sticks you're talking about...........

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