Organizers hope Border Bash grows at new location

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September 1, 2006

Football season is here and the annual Border Bash is a week from tonight.

Now there's a new meeting place for the Bulldogs and Gamecocks.

Next Friday, the crowds of garnet, red, and black are moving.

After years of setting up shop around downtown at Reynolds and 8th and the Augusta Common, Border Bash is now trying for Reynolds Field. It's right behind Augusta Golf and Gardens.

"There's a lot more room for everyone," says Greg McLaughlin with Beasley Broadcasting Group.

There'll be a vendor village with close to 20 vendors set up in a parking lot.

What started with a few founding members and about 50 friends the first year has grown to over 15,000 people, and organizers hope with a change of venue, that number gets even higher this year.

"Most importantly, the whole reason that this began was to help the children in the community, the sick, abused, homeless," McLaughlin says.

Last year, more than $78,000 was raised for MCG's Children's Medical Center.

This year, the goal is about $100,000.

"And we're opening it up this year to help a lot of different foundations in town," says McLaughlin.

Both sides win this border war.

The Swingin' Medallions aren't here this year. The Tams and Embers will be the new entertainment.

Border Bash is next Friday, September 8, at the new location--Reynolds Field--behind Augusta Golf and Gardens.

Gates open at 4 o'clock.

Advanced tickets are $8 at any Circle K or Bi-Lo and $10 at the gate. Children under 12 get in free!