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People flock to Albany State for Homecoming

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The big game isn't until Saturday, but homecoming festivities are already in full swing at Albany State University. This morning, hundreds attended a convocation ceremony, and there's many more events to come.

It's a bash with a blast from the past. Dr. Hosezell Blash said, "That is the most exciting aspect when you see someone you haven't seen in 30, 40 years."

Old friends back together again. This morning at ASU, hundreds of Alumni, current students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the university. It brought alumni from the class of '68, Dr. John Culbreath, and Dr. Hosezell Blash back together again.  Blash said, "I could remember them as though it were yesterday. All of it came back."

Culbreath said, "It's just so good to be back together again, to remember old stories. They get better with time and we gonna create some more stories this weekend."

Many of them will be created during tailgating.  Julious Parker didn't go to Albany State. But you better believe he's going to be at Homecoming.

He said, "I'm a supporter. I'm a friend of ASU. I'm originally from this area, so I come every year."

And every year, he goes big, with his big RV, and flat screen TV's.

Parker said, "I came out here last night, 'cause I wanted to get out here in time." He'll spend all day setting up for the big game Saturday, but he won't be in any rush to leave.

"Motor home owners are usually the first in and the last out," he said. And he'll spend some quality time with a few thousand of his closest friends. "Tomorrow, this place will be full to the brim. You'll have tents, more RVs, travel trailers, back of the truck. This place will be full."

Full of fans and friends, cheering on the rams.

Dr. Culbreath said, "It's just great to have good friends and classmates and schoolmates come back to the good life city, have a good time and beat Benedict College."

Dr. Blash said, "I would like to see Albany State Ram's kick some butt, you know?"

And as a word of warning, don't do too much partying and tailgating before the big game. It's at 2:00 PM Saturday, and if tomorrow is anything like today, it's going to be hot.

And there's a lot more than just football going on this weekend, there's a block party downtown Friday night, a concert and a fish fry.  

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