All-Star FanFest to feature themed events

All-Star FanFest to feature themed events

All-Star FanFest to feature themed events
KANSAS CITY -- In addition to all the attractions and activities that will highlight All-Star FanFest this summer, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that each day of the event will be themed, featuring giveaways and other activities.

FanFest runs from July 6 to July 10, and each day a new theme will grace the Kansas City Convention Center.

Leading off on July 6 will be Military Appreciation Day presented by Bank of America. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces will be honored, and guests will have the opportunity to send thank you cards and record video messages for servicemen and servicewomen. The first 10,000 fans will receive a military patch with the FanFest logo on it.

July 7 is Kids Day at FanFest. Fans will be able to take a picture with MLB mascots, and there will be face painters, balloon artists and a magic show. The first 1,000 children between the ages of 4 and 18 will receive a figurine of Sluggerrr, the Royals mascot.

July 8 is a tribute to Kansas City, presented by Firestone. The culture of the host city will be on display in the form of live performances by local jazz and country artists. The day will also feature the inductions of former Major Leaguers Jose Azcue and Buck Martinez into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum. Kansas City fans will remember Azcue, who played for the Kansas City A's. The first 1,000 fans will receive a FanFest commemorative coin.

Kansas City's tradition of honoring the Negro Leagues will continue at FanFest. July 9 is Legacy Day, and there will be appearances by former Negro League players, including Ernie Banks, Monte Irvin, Minnie Minoso, Jesse Rogers, Ulysses Hollimon and Ernest Johnson. The first 1,000 fans will receive a special tumbler glass celebrating Legacy Day.

The final day of FanFest is All-Star Legends Day, and fans attending on July 10 will take part in a celebration of Kansas City's third All-Star Game. Former All-Stars, including those who played in the 1960 and 1973 Midsummer Classics, will be on hand. The first 1,000 fans will receive a bobblehead of this year's All-Star ambassador and Royals legend George Brett.

Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.