Who doesn’t want to look good for homecoming? Especially when homecoming is one of the city’s main events to be seen at. At Albany State University in Georgia, the celebration gets bigger year after year, and signs welcome alumni and friends for the festivities.
Barber and beauty shops hum in the days leading up to homecoming in Albany. Before people set foot on campus, they want to look their best. And many do so with a visit to the local barber and beautician.
ABC News station WALB described the scene in Albany right before ASU’s homecoming. The city’s population grows by 25,000 during homecoming weekend.
In a small city of less than 77,000, this many extra people makes a huge difference to the local economy. Experts predicted that the event would bring in $4 million to Albany.
In fact, barber Moski Davis, the proprietor of Happy Naps Barbershop, told WALB that some people spend hundreds of dollars preparing for the big weekend. Davis said “You can’t be out there any kind of way.” The local businessman expected over a hundred customers in the days leading up the ASU homecoming.
The big event ran for a full week starting with Gospel Explosion on Sunday, October 16 and ending with the long-awaited ASU versus Clark Atlanta football game on Saturday, October 22. Of course, the homecoming after party following the game was not to be missed. In addition to cheering on the Rams, events ranged from skate night to the Third Presidential Debate Watch Party.