Fans celebrate Border Bash

Border Bash is an annual tradition in Augusta. For two local fans, it's another kind of anniversary.

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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