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Americus to host a back to school bash

The event takes place on Friday, August 18, 2017 (Source: WALB) The event takes place on Friday, August 18, 2017 (Source: WALB)
Kay said a lot of local businesses are supported by area college students (Source: WALB) Kay said a lot of local businesses are supported by area college students (Source: WALB)
Patrick Kay, City of Americus Main Street Director (Source: WALB) Patrick Kay, City of Americus Main Street Director (Source: WALB)
Downtown shops will stay open late during Friday's event (Source: WALB) Downtown shops will stay open late during Friday's event (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

On Friday, August 18, students at South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern State University will finish their first week of the new semester and the City of Americus wants to celebrate with a special event.

Americus Main Street Director Patrick Kay said college students are a big part of the city's downtown scene because both campuses are relatively close to the downtown area.

The main street director told WALB News 10 that his team is working on getting more college students off campus and into the city's downtown.

Within the last several months, the City has organized new events, like a craft beer festival. City leaders also want the area to be trendier, so the city has added speakers that play music throughout the day as well as the transportation service Uber.

"Anything we can do to show an attractive, great environment that people want to be a part of," Kay said.

Students not only help with the area's economy, they also help with the city’s workforce.

"When the schools start picking up, that's when the staff comes in. So a lot more of the staff, from the students' perspective, and that's been great for downtown," said Kay.

Friday's event is called the Welcome Back Bash.

It begins at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Americus.

There will be live art demonstrations. Austin Plaine, a Nashville musician, will be performing in Rylander Park at 8:00 p.m.

Shops and restaurants will offer special discounts and stay open late.

While they're downtown, students can also pick up student discount cards at these locations: The Rylander Theatre, the Americus Welcome Center, Allie's Boutique and More, the Kinnebrew Co., and Center Stage Market.

Kay said students can use the cards to receive special discounts.

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