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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's Homecoming Week at Albany State. The event brings thousands of people to town each year and is a huge economic boost for the community.

The Campus Store at Albany State is the best place for everything blue and gold, the school's colors.

"It's usually our busiest week," recalls ASU Bookstore manager Tara Johnson. "We expect the crowd to pick up throughout today and the rest of the week."

It also means good business for the city as a whole.

"The economic impact of homecoming is substantial. Usually hotels will sell out, restaurants love this time of year. It's just a booming business. Millions of dollars brought into the community," said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rhonda Bryant.

Students have dubbed this year's Homecoming "Holleywood," in honor of the schools founder Joseph Holley. A full slate of events from laser tag to a comedy show are on tap this week. But the big events - the parade Saturday morning and the football game versus Morehouse - will draw huge crowds, including many alumni.

"Get here early. Tickets for the game are $25 for adults and $10 for children. There will be tailgating. I think those spots are going at a premium if they're not already gone. So they want to contact the university to find out more about that," said Bryant.

The homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on Pine Avenue. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

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