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BoroFest returns Downtown for its second year on June 3rd

Don't miss Statesboro's 2nd annual BoroFest in downtown Statesboro this Saturday, June 3rd, from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. There's something fun planned for everyone!
Attendees enjoying BoroFest in 2022.

Downtown entrepreneurs AJ Jetwani, owner of Tandoor & Tap, and Michael Blackmon, owner of Vino 1910, are collaborating with Downtown Statesboro to host the 2nd annual BoroFest in downtown Statesboro on Saturday June 3rd from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on East Vine Street.

“BoroFest is a celebration of small businesses in downtown Statesboro. I believe it’s a great way to start off the summer and shop local," said Delores Groomes Dickey, COO of Brinson, Williams, and Groomes Insurance and Chairwoman of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority.

This event is sure to provide a day of fun for anyone. For children, there will be two kids’ areas full of fun activities - one at Synovus bank and one at Vyve Broadband. For the adults, there will be a beer relay from Tandoor & Tap to Eagle Creek Brewing Co. and back. The “Beer Mile” run will be a new staple of the annual event. Registration will be available on-site.

With over 60 different vendors present, there will be lots of shopping, eating and fun to be had. Attendees can purchase beer, wine and cocktails to enjoy throughout the event from local downtown restaurants. Each vendor will have something fun set up for attendees to do at their tent. There will also be a classic car show with more than 50 vintage cars to see.

Live music will be behind Tandoor & Tap on East Vine Street from Dan Larkin and Friends and Hip-Oh. Dan Larkin and Friends will be playing from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Hip-Oh will round out the event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Party Harbor will have bouncy houses in the Synovus parking lot.

Profits from the event will be put back into downtown to help businesses in the area continue to succeed.

“As a committee, we want to do anything we can to help out the downtown area. If that’s planting trees or hanging lights, we're going to do whatever we can to help the area continue to grow,” says Michael Blackmon.

BoroFest is the brainchild of Blackmon and Jetwani, who wanted to create something to celebrate the growth of downtown Statesboro and showcase growing businesses in the area.

The first BoroFest, in 2022, was an unprecedented success.

“Last year we hoped to have maybe 500 people show up. At some point we looked around and there was probably 3,000 people downtown. It was really great to see the community come out like that,” says Blackmon.

This year will be even better so come out and have some fun downtown!

BoroFest is made possible by the support of local vendors and sponsors including:

  • Bulloch Solutions
  • Brinson, Williams, and Groomes Insurance
  • Pioneer Design and Marketing
  • Statesboro Urgent Care
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
  • Opulence Vacation Rentals
  • Downtown Statesboro Development Authority
  • Tandoor & Tap
  • Vino 1910.

For additional information, contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at [email protected] and make sure to visit the BoroFest Facebook and Instagram  for live updates on the event.