The August First Friday event happens to coincide with the first day of school for Bulloch County public school students this year.
After school is out for the day, the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority will hold its Seventh Annual Downtown Pep Rally, sponsored by Statesboro Natural Gas.
The event is designed for the whole family and will be a celebration of school spirit. It will take place on the courthouse lawn from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to celebrate the upcoming football season.
Host Tommy Palmer will welcome coaches, football players, cheerleaders and band members from Bulloch Academy and Portal, Southeast Bulloch and Statesboro high schools.
"I always enjoy hosting the First Friday Community Pep Rally each August," Palmer said. "It is a great annual event which brings the Bulloch County community together at one location where all of the local football teams get fired up for the coming football season."
The evening will be filled with performances from each high school to get the crowd pumped up and on their feet. Local businesses and Main Street Statesboro Farmers Market vendors will be present for shoppers, and a Party Harbor bounce house will be provided for the kids.
Following the pep rally, a live production of "Oliver! The Musical" will be performed in the Emma Kelly Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. Also, Eagle Creek Brewing Co. will host its weekly tour and tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the brewery at 106 Savannah Ave.
Tim Chapman, the executive director of the Averitt Center for the Arts, said some artists whose work is featured in the current exhibit on display in the center's Main Gallery, called "Turned, Segmented and Embellished: The Fine Art of Woodturning," will be at First Friday creating wooden tops for children.
If you have any questions regarding the event, contact the DSDA at (912) 764-7227.