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Tennessee, Virginia Tech fans celebrate together before Saturday’s Battle at Bristol

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Jo Anne Taylor, left, and Tam Herndon spend part of their day in downtown Bristol Thursday. Taylor, a Tennessee fan, lives in Virginia and Herndon, a Virginia Tech fan, lives in Tennessee. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL) Jo Anne Taylor, left, and Tam Herndon spend part of their day in downtown Bristol Thursday. Taylor, a Tennessee fan, lives in Virginia and Herndon, a Virginia Tech fan, lives in Tennessee. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)
BRISTOL, TN (News Sentinel) -

Throughout Thursday evening, the city of Bristol got the party started early for Tennessee and Virginia Tech fans awaiting the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol on Saturday.

Bristol began getting ready for its Battle on the State Line Kick Off event this afternoon with different sides of State Street, which serves as the border for Tennessee and Virginia, being decorated in orange and white on one side and maroon and orange on the other.

The event featured an array of live music, merchants, breweries, food, yard games and more. University of Tennessee bio chemistry major Payton Miller used spray paint to create a portrait of Smokey on a replica of The Rock on UT's campus. Miller often paints the rock at UT.

While the rivalry between Bristol, TN, and Bristol, VA, runs deep, Tennessee and Virginia Tech fans are celebrating the festivities together.

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