October 6, 2006
Nearly $75,000 may go to the new First Friday organizers, but that's not a done deal.
The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta are meeting with Augusta commissioners next week.
Today was the last First Friday under the DDA, but several store owners are making it very clear that they are open for your business.
Ever since the announcement last month, merchants have been talking about which direction they want to take First Friday.
The change from city management to business management is a throwback to how First Friday began back in the early 90's, with the galleries, antique shops, and Artist's Row.
We spoke with several people about what they'd like to see First Friday evolve into. We also asked them how events should be marketed in order to draw crowds.
"First Friday is putting Broad Street back on the map. And if they get rid of First Friday... This is the biggest thing they have indicating Broad St. is coming back," said vendor Bob Mayes.
"You already got the people down here. I don't know. Maybe you want to start adding a little more events to it maybe," said patron Anthony Williams.
So there may be some changes for the monthly festival.
One thing that's in the works: more activities for children.