TODAY: Alpharetta hosts Georgia vs. Florida tailgate

Food, drinks, game for all



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – For anyone planning on watching the Georgia Bulldogs fight the Florida Gators Oct. 27 but still has not settled on a good place to tailgate, fear not. Alpharetta has you covered.

Bring game chairs, fluffy blankets and foam fingers for a live broadcast of the football game, which will be shown on an 8-foot by 12-foot LED screen across from city hall in downtown Alpharetta.

It’s touted as being all the excitement of the annual game without the hassle of driving to Jacksonville.

“We’re trying to get more events in downtown,” said James Drinkard, assistant city administrator. “The mayor is actually challenging us to come up with an event for every single weekend.”

Mayor David Belle Isle said he wanted the city to push new ideas for downtown.

“This seemed like something a little different than we’ve tried before,” Belle Isle said. “This creates an opportunity for community, for people to come and be with their neighbors, but also to generate enough interest for restaurants and retailers to believe they should come [to Alpharetta] and be successful.”

Belle Isle will be wearing his red and black. Florida fans are allowed as well.

The activities begin at 2:30 p.m., and the live broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m.

The usual game day trimmings of hot wings, barbecue and cold beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors. No outside food and drinks are allowed.

Kids can dress up in their Halloween costumes for halftime festivities, where they can trick or treat. The Alpharetta Business Association will hand out candy as the little ones go door to door along the street. During the event, they can also have fun with jumpies and face painting.

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