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Thousands gather in Columbus for Tuskegee Morehouse Classic

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Thousands made their way to the Fountain City for the 77th annual Tuskegee Morehouse Classic.

Some call it the biggest event of the year in Columbus. It's been nicknamed the "Grand Daddy" of all classics.

Every year the Tuskegee Golden Tigers and the Morehouse Maroon Tigers meet up on the gridiron in Columbus. It generates about a million dollars in revenue, draws in more than 30,000 people and carries on a tradition like no other.

Tailgaters pitched their tents, parked the RV's and fired up the grills.

"I grew up as a child coming to this classic. To get together with old classmates, friends and a comradery and reunion is great. It's just something to enjoy," said Columbus native Jay Comer.

The long running tradition of the Tuskegee Golden Tigers the Morehouse Maroon Tigers battling it out on the gridiron has become one of the biggest events of the year in Columbus.

City officials call the classic an anchor event that lets everyone know that fall has arrived and the party is about to begin.

"There's so many things going on, folks tailgating and the parade [Saturday]. The South Commons will be buzzing with folks doing all sorts of wonderful things," President of Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau Peter Bowden said.

The parade starts at 9 in the morning on the intersection of Broad Street and Dillingham Street.  Kick-off is at 2 p.m. at A.J. Mcclung Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Tickets cost $25.00 at the gate.

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