Augusta offers events for patrons after Masters practice round cancelled

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News 12 First at Five / Monday, April 7, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Your fun may have been cut short at the Masters on Monday, but several event planners say that doesn't mean the party is over.

Two events will go on Monday night whether it's raining or not.

Thousand of patrons come to Augusta every year to enjoy golf, but on Monday the fun was cut short by rain. The thunderstorms pushed everyone off the course early, and now some event organizers are hoping you will stay up late with them

The Major Rager, originally scheduled for the Jessye Norman Amphitheater will now be inside the Augusta Convention Center downtown.

"We saw the weather about 14 days out and it continued to bother me and bother me," George Claussen said.

Claussen, who organized Monday's concert, says it will take more than water for the headliner, Umphrey's McGee, to not hit the stage. Doors open at 6 and the concerts starts at 7 p.m., but organizers say if you want a $40 ticket, hurry up.

"We got about 200 more we are probably going to squeeze in," Claussen said.

A few blocks down, Karen Gordon, is putting together Par-Tee on the Green. The rain pushed her outside party to a covered parking deck, she was able to book Sunday.

"We really didn't want to cancel, so we are trying to make it happen," she said.

The cost? One dollar to get into the party off Ellis Street and James Brown Boulevard., but Gordon says bring your dancing shoes, because the only thing that changed is the location.

"We are gong to have the DJ's spinning and the Drum Circle Augusta is going to be here. Everything we were going to do at the Common will happen here, except we will be nice and dry over here," said Gordon.

So, whether you go to the Major Rager at 6 p.m. or the Par-Tee on the Green at 5 p.m., the City of Augusta says it has options.

"We are going to have a good time here tonight and we hope everyone can come," Claussen said.

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