The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority will host “First Friday” on March 4, from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the downtown dog park. The event will feature Statesboro’s eighth annual Downtown Paw Walk and an Arbor Day celebration.

Dogs of all ages and sizes are invited to attend the 8th Annual Paw Walk on Friday, March 4, from 5:30-8:00 PM. Credit: Main Street Statesboro/DSDA

“First Fridays bring the community together for the purpose of entertainment and showing what downtown has to offer. We have new businesses, restaurants and a great dog park.  People need to experience downtown Statesboro and see how pet friendly we are,” said Allen Muldrew, Executive Director of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority.

Any dog – big, small, young, or old – is invited to be a part of the competition. In order to participate in the Downtown Paw Walk costume contest, people must register at the event between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. The contest begins at 6:30 and winners will be announced at 7:30. Prizes for the costume contest are provided by local sponsors and include treats for owners and doggies alike.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in both the large and small dog categories as well as special awards for Judge Favorite, Best Behaved, and Cutest Pup.

The City of Statesboro Tree Board and Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful invite you to attend a tree planting in celebration of Arbor Day on Friday, March 4, at 6:00 PM. Credit: Main Street Statesboro/DSDA

This First Friday event will include a planting of a live oak in honor of Arbor Day at 6:00 p.m. The City of Statesboro Tree Board and Keep Statesboro Bulloch Beautiful will also provide a raffle for free trees donated by Southern Scapes Nursery of Statesboro.

First Fridays are made possible by the support of the following sponsors: Tormenta FC, McKeithen’s True Value, CORE Credit Union, Morris Bank, Statesboro Properties, Zaxby’s, Georgia Power, McLendon Enterprises, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Coca Cola, Statesboro Oral Surgery, Colony Bank, Party Harbor, Via Media and Southern Chiropractic & Wellness Center. 

For more information, please contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority by calling us at (912)764-7227 or emailing us at

About Main Street Statesboro & DSDA

Main Street Statesboro and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority are committed to the economic development, historic preservation and beautification of Statesboro’s downtown area.  Our purpose is to revitalize downtown economically and socially within the context of historic preservation by increasing financial viability and ensuring the success of businesses.