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Thousands of Fountain City Classic tailgaters now arriving in Columbus


Tailgaters have begun to arrive in Columbus for the "Mighty" 24th Annual Fountain City Classic (FCC). 

The Fort Valley State University Wildcats will once again be going head-to-head against the Albany State Golden Rams in a historically black college/university showdown that has taken place in Columbus for more than two decades.

The FCC is expected to bring 15,000 spectators and fans to the A.J. McClung stadium Saturday for the game itself, but the tailgating parties are an event all on their own with an additional 28,000 fans expected to be in attendance. 

RV's have been parked in the parking lot behind Memorial Stadium since Thursday evening, Nov. 7. Cars were lined-up to get in early Friday morning.

Koree Bruce was the first person in the tailgating line. He said he arrived around 4 a.m. Friday morning Nov. 8. Among the people in line, many could be found sleeping under blankets and sharing tailgating recipes. One gentleman said he was making jerk wings and jerk shrimp. Another, said he was frying neck bones. 

The game is schedule for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

There are a number of events happening around town for FCC week, including, parties, a golf tournament, and a dance competition.

There is no Fountain City Classic Parade this year due to the event coinciding with Veterans Day Weekend.

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