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Downtown Getdown on for Aug. 31
New concert event aims for opening weekend Eagles fans
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What: Downtown Getdown
Where: Statesboro’s East Main Street
When: Friday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m.

A first-time outdoor concert and family fun event called the Downtown Getdown now has a permit to occupy Statesboro’s East Main Street, in front of the courthouse and along the street itself, from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31.

That will be the evening before the Georgia Southern Eagles football season opener, and the Getdown has been described as a part of Paint the Town Blue activities. Statesboro City Council held a special called meeting lasting less than five minutes Tuesday for the sole purpose of approving the permit, and did so unanimously.

Mayor Jonathan McCollar’s name appeared on the form as that of the applicant, on behalf of the Downtown Getdown Committee.

“This is a first-time event that we’re having, and I’m real excited about it because I think it kind of brings some pizazz to our downtown,” McCollar said after the brief 9 a.m. meeting.

The application described the event as a collaboration of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and Georgia Southern Athletics. “A whole plethora of individuals” and some businesses, such as Georgia Power and Coca-Cola, are helping to organize and sponsor it, he said.

 

Five headliners

Five musical acts are scheduled to perform onstage: Musical Minds, Miranda Winter, the Southern Crossroads Band, TG Live and Black Stone. TG Live hails from Savannah, and the rest are Statesboro-area acts.

Although special permits for alcoholic beverages have been a recent topic of City Council discussions, none was issued for this event. It is to be alcohol-free, but with food vendors. McCollar described the Getdown as “family-friendly” and mentioned bouncy houses as an example of attractions for children.

“Statesboro Downtown Getdown” has a Facebook page under that name. The committee’s internet page, https://statesborogetdown.com, offers a vendor form and a schedule of the musical acts.

Organizers are still working to get some Eagles coaches and players downtown for the event, but some of the cheerleaders and Gus, the Eagle mascot, are slated to participate, McCollar said.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to introduce our downtown to our new Georgia Southern students, and our returning students as well, and to get local residents out to go downtown and just have that bridge, because if we don’t do anything else in Statesboro, we’ll rally around football,” he said.

Game time for the Eagles’ season opener against the South Carolina State Bulldogs is 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Paulson Stadium.

 

 

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