First Friday is always a big event, but this month’s edition will be even bigger.
Statesboro’s Christmas Holiday Celebration is the centerpiece of First Friday, which takes place from 5:30-8 p.m.
Kicking off the festivities will be the first ever Run the Boro 5K, with the race starting at 5:30 in front of City Hall.
At 6:30, several windows of downtown businesses being decorated with a Fifth Avenue feel will be revealed.
Throughout the evening will be Chilitown, a chili cook-off that is free and gives samplers the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
“There is something for everyone,” said Allen Muldrew, the executive director of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority. “There is no better time to buy unique and special Christmas gifts for friends and families. We will have over 50 vendors that will have something for everyone.”
Six teams of Georgia Southern University students are competing in the first ever Frills Fifth Avenue Christmas Window Design Challenge to design Statesboro’s finest window display. The teams consist of four juniors and seniors with fashion and apparel, set design, and art majors.
“I think this will be a great way for students to see firsthand how to implement what they are learning in the classroom,” said Scott Marchbanks, the owner of Frills by Scott.
The students began a 72-hour construction marathon Wednesday, and the windows will be revealed at 6:30 p.m. during First Friday. People can vote starting then for their favorite window by casting a ballot in-store or “liking” photos of the window designs on the Frills by Scott Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Frills-By-Scott.
“The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce have really worked hard to energize our downtown area and I hope that by hosting this event we can all continue to support and encourage partnerships with downtown merchants and Georgia Southern University,” Marchbanks said.
Other activities taking place during First Friday will be a golf cart parade for the whole family, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the courthouse lawn, and free pictures for children with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Santa’s workshop across from the Averitt Center for the Arts. Activities will be provided for the whole family to enjoy including a train ride, bounce houses, cupcake decorating at Sweet Cheeks bakery, live music and performances by choral groups and dance schools.
Frank “The Big Guy” Sulkowski, the sports director for WJCL and WTGS in Savannah, will be the grand marshal.
For more information, contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at (912) 764-7227 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Wermers may be reached at (912) 489-9431.