South Carolina Gamecock and Clemson fans Prepare for the big game with a Block Party

Clemson-USC rivalry graphic
Clemson-USC rivalry graphic

University of South Carolina and Clemson fans are preparing for the biggest rivalry of the year.

Friday night all fans put their differences aside and enjoyed a night full of fun at the heart of Aiken.

Hundreds came out for the first ever Palmetto Bowl.

It was a night to celebrate local businesses, local celebrities and a good time.

“It’s just good to see kicks 99 and HD 98.3 really just try something new and I’m glad to see them start it from the ground up and see where it can go through the years, and I’m just so thankful to be a part of this event,” local artist McKenna Hydrick said.

McKenna Hydrick grew up in North Augusta and now travels to Nashville to record her latest album.

Friday night she had the opportunity to play for her hometown crowd.

“Well this is where my love is you now your hometown is who supports you and that’s who’s behind you from the beginning. So when you get to play in neat venues and cool places around your hometown that’s what every artist really wants, because that’s where the people that are close to you are,” she explained.

North Augusta local, Philip Lee shares the same passion for music and Friday night he made it a point to be a part of Aiken history.

“I was actually supposed to be in Charleston, South Carolina tonight playing and we had it booked and we got offered this gig and knowing it was so close to the home town and everything, I think this would be better,” Lee said.

These two aren’t the only ones proud to be serving fans at the Palmetto Bowl.

James Stefanakos sells Antebellum chocolate bars to feed children in the CSRA. He’s already fed 2300 children in the area who need it most.

“Our whole mission is feeding local area children, so for every bar we feed the meal to an area child through the golden harvest foodbank’s backpack program,” he explained.

Proceeds from the Palmetto Bowl will go towards the Aiken County Clemson and the Aiken County Gamecock Club Scholarship Funds.

The big game is Saturday at noon in Columbia.

We’ll have the highlights on News Channel 6 at 6 and 11.

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