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Thousands flock to annual White Water Classic in Phenix City

Phenix City woman describes her first experience at White Water Classic

Greta Davis of Phenix City attended the White Water Classic for the first time Saturday afternoon. Tailgaters and vendors gathered at the Garrett-Harrison Stadium hours before the 5 p.m. football game between Tuskegee University and Albany State U
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Greta Davis of Phenix City attended the White Water Classic for the first time Saturday afternoon. Tailgaters and vendors gathered at the Garrett-Harrison Stadium hours before the 5 p.m. football game between Tuskegee University and Albany State U

Excitement surrounded Garrett-Harrison Stadium Saturday afternoon as thousands gathered to enjoy Phenix City’s third annual White Water Classic.

The 5 p.m. football game between Tuskegee University and Albany State University has made a positive economic impact on Phenix City while giving participants a chance to enjoy what the city has to offer, Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe said.

“It can prove that the economic impact over the last two years has been well returned,” he said. “Besides that, it’s just a great time where people can get together and have a good time. That’s a win-win.”

The festivities included a clown, rock-climbing wall, face painting, bouncy houses and a woodshop class. Vendors were set up among the tailgaters, many of whom were cooking out, fellowshipping and enjoying music under their tents.

Various artists, including hip-hop artists Deecy Monroe, took to the iHeart Radio Music’s stage to perform.

George Pugh said he and about 50 other members of the local Lambda Iota chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. came to the event as a group for the first time on Saturday.

“I had some out-of-town friends who came in for the game,” said Pugh, who was there rooting for Tuskegee University.

Chris Topher of Phenix City also attended the classic for the first time on Saturday, but he wasn’t there for football. He was there to tailgate and cookout with family and friends. And he wasn’t disappointed.

“I’ve been in Phenix City for 36 years, and I’ve never been to anything like this,” said Topher, who arrived to the White Water Classic around noon “I’m having a ball.”

Topher wasn’t the only one enjoying the event with loved ones.

Greta Davis of Phenix City went to support her sister’s business called T.K. Arts and Crafts, which was one of many vendors at the event. She said the classic is great for people of all ages, especially children.

“They have something to do for the kids,” Davis said, who had never attended the White Water Classic before Saturday. “It’s awesome, because they have something to do, and they’re not just sitting down doing nothing.”

All three first-timers agreed that this year would not be their last time attending the White Water Classic.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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