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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Blue and gold are taking over Columbus, Ga. again as the Albany State Golden Rams and the Fort Valley State Wildcats get ready for the 24th Annual Fountain City Classic (FCC) taking place at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium  Saturday, Nov. 9, 2012 at 2 p.m.

FCC officials expect the game to attract a sellout crowd of 15,000 fans for the game itself, and another 28,000 fans at the South Commons for the tailgating parties alone.

The rivalry between the Rams and the Wildcats is known to be one of the biggest, oldest, and most bitter in African American college football.

Columbus has hosted the event on the first weekend of November for decades, and it traditionally involves a parade in downtown Columbus on the morning of the game.  However, because this year's event takes place during the second weekend in November, there will be no Fountain City Classic Parade. 

"On Saturday, there is a Veteran's Parade, and there was either going to be a Fountain City Classic Parade or a Veteran's Parade," said Calvin Smyre, Chairman of Fountain City Classic, Inc. "I said, ‘It's going to be a Veteran's Parade, because we've got to honor those that give us an opportunity to be free. That decision was easy for me to make."

Smyre says the parade will return two years from now when the Fountain City Classic returns to the first weekend in November.    

There will still be several FCC events taking around town over the next several days. The game will be broadcast live via radio and Bounce TV. For more information visit the Fountain City Classic website.

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