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Fifth Quarter Classic plans big events this weekend

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Organizers of the 5th Quarter Classic game this Saturday in Mobile are hoping for big crowds, and a big economic impact.

The game this year pits Tuskegee against Jackson State.

This is the second year for the game.

Organizers said last year's game drew about 19,000 people.

But there also other activities, like a Friday night concert and a Saturday morning parade, to bring people downtown.

Susan Shaw with the Mobile Sports Authority said, "It's going to look like a Mardi Gras parade downtown all weekend long. Those fans, when they come to support their school, it's college football pride, right? There's no better place than Alabama to come for that, especially in our neck of the woods, so we're looking at a $6.5 million dollar economic impact from just the game last year."

The 5th Quarter Classic also put on a College Connect Fair Wednesday at Bishop State Community College.
About 350 Mobile students had a chance to hear from area colleges to help them make school choices for the future.

The students met with officials from colleges in Alabama and other states.

Kimberlye Scott with the 5th Quarter Classic said, "Some came as far as Arkansas, New Orleans, different areas here to recruit some of our students to their area and, also, just giving them basic information about the schools, even if they don't attend or aren't interested.  You never know what programs that the schools have that some of our students may be interested in." 

Here is a link to the 5th Quarter Classic website:

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