Schedule highlights from this weekend's Fountain City Classic

The Albany State Golden Rams and the Fort Valley State Wildcats are preparing for battle at the 23rd annual Fountain City Classic at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday.

A crowd of 15,000 fans is expected to watch the game and another 28,000 fans are expected to gather for tailgating parties. Although most of the weekend's events are focused around the big game, family fun and nightlife options exist for fans.

Below are just a few highlights. Get a complete list of activities, ticket prices and other information online at www.fountaincityclassic.com


Active Choices 3K Fun Walk Run Exercise: Registration starts at 5:45 a.m. and the race begins at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per person and $10 per person for groups of 4 or more. Register at Columbus Civic Center.

Vendor Fair Village: Shop for college and Greek clothes, accessories and other times 5 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Columbus Trade Center Foyer in front of Ballrooms A, B and C.

Entertainment and karaoke: It's free to sing, listen and dance 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Columbus Trade Center's Ballroom "C." A cash bar will be available.


Tailgate: Official times for tailgating are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. but tailgate setup begins as early as today for those who register in advance. Tailgating cost is $5. Small tents cost $25. Large tents cost $50 and spaces for RV's and trucks are $75.

The FCC Parade: The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Colin Powell and Broadway (in Phenix City) and then goes over 13th St. Bridge and down Broadway to 9th Street.

The game: Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Advance tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for students and kids. At the gate, prices will be $25 for adults and $15 for kids and students.

"Jokers Wild Comedy Tour:" Entertainment featuring Bruce Bruce, Bill Bellamy, J Anthony Brown, Melani, Special K and Anthony Anderson is set for 7 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center.

Official FCC After Party: Magic 101.3 Radio Personality Edgar Champagne gets the party going 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Columbus Trade Center's Ballroom "C." Admission $15 at the door.

Details: www. fountaincityclassic.com

Tickets: 706-653-4460.