Greensboro’s Aggie FanFest draws large crowd over homecoming weekend

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina A&T homecoming weekend — hailed as the greatest homecoming on Earth — is not just a party for college kids and adults who graduated from the school. That was evident Friday as the Aggie Pride FanFest hosted by the city of Greensboro got underway.

“This is a community event and I like to have my kids to help support the community,” said Staci Wyatt, a mother of three.

Wyatt’s brother attended the school, but she attends festivities every year and always runs into familiar faces.

“People I went to elementary, middle, and high school with,” said Wyatt. “It’s amazing, I love homecoming weekend.”

The free event at War Memorial Stadium on Yanceyville Road runs through Sunday and features live music and more than 100 vendors.

Organizers said student acts provide the musical entertainment on Friday night, professional musicians take the stage on Saturday and Sunday is reserved for gospel acts.

Darrell Smith is one of those vendors encouraged by the strong community involvement for the festival. Last year, he sold enough copies of his faith-based movies to finance a new movie that he shot in Greensboro earlier this year.

“I felt so at home when I did it the first time I said, ‘I'm going to go and do it again,’” said Smith.

According to the city of Greensboro, 40,000 people attend the community festival over the course of the weekend.

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